Though most operations wrapped up this past Tuesday, Saturday marks the official end of the Golden Coyote exercises.
Major Anthony Deiss says it was a complete success. During the two week operation more than 3,500 troops trained in scenarios relevant to what is happening overseas.
But an even bigger part of their mission is public service projects, such as repairing parts of the Mickelson Trail, and hauling firewood to Native American communities. Something Deiss says everyone looks forward too.
"Not only is this training a huge aspect of what we do in preparing for our missions overseas, but also the projects that provide services back to our South Dakota communities. Those are something that the soldiers really look forward to every year because we're giving back to those communities and the community members appreciate that so much," says Deiss.
Major Deiss says next year they hope to have even more ways to train the troops, in honor of the exercise's 30th anniversary.