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US military offensive in Eastern Europe

Last month the USA organized numerous military drills in Eastern Europe. Here is its list taken from the official homepage of the United States army.

Swift Response 16 in Poland and Germany

Swift Response 16 includes more than 5,000 Soldiers and Airmen from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United States and takes place in Poland and Germany, May 27-June 26, 2016.

Anakonda 16 in Poland

Polish Soldiers from the 56th Aviation Base, and U.S. Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade “Task Force Griffin,” augmented by 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 127th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation, 1AD CAB participated in the Polish led opening ceremonies for Anakonda 16, here, June 6, at Inowroclaw Air Base.

MDS drills in Poland

Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and the 174th Ohio National Guard Air Defense Brigade along with the Polish 3rd Surface to Air Missile Brigade conducted a two day multinational air defense artillery gunnery from June 6-7.

Training on recovery of wrecked vehicles in Poland

A multinational training event was coordinated between the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the Polish 3rd Surface to Air Missile Brigade, and the British 19th Tank Transporter Squadron in order to validate the ability of these units to interoperate during the recovery of non-mission capable of wrecked vehicles from June 6 to 7.

Dragoon Ride II (convoy of vehicles march from Germany to Estonia through Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania)

Troopers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment load their last bags, check their communications, take accountability of equipment and conduct their last preventive maintenance check on their vehicles before they roll out for Dragoon Ride II May 27, 2016.
The first of two convoys called Task Force Hell, which is under the command of Field Artillery Squadron, leaves from Rose Barracks, Germany to begin their 2400 km road march through six countries including Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. The convoy will stop in several cities along the route to participate in vehicle static displays and community engagements before ending in Estonia to conduct several training exercises.
“It is very important,” said Sgt. 1st Class Paul Joseph, 3rd Platoon sergeant for Weapons Troop, 4th Squadron. “We emphasize mission readiness with vehicles, personnel and equipment. You always have to be ready to move within 96 hours to get to wherever part of the world. So, this is actually a practical exercise to ensure we are able to move and promote interoperability with our allies and with other nations while moving up to Estonia.”

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training in Germany

This week teams of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear trained Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command converged on Baumholder Army Airfield, from 03 – 05 May, to increase CBRN threat awareness, mission readiness, unit cohesion, and to find out which team would be named the Dragon Fire 2016 Champions.

Drills in Lithuania

More than 1200 Soldiers from Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the United States participated in Exercise Hunter, May 9-19, at General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania.
The exercise allowed commanders the opportunity to integrate allied troops into their units to complete joint tasks and various defensive operations. While integrated, allied Soldiers were able to learn each other’s tactics, techniques and procedures.

Urban operations training in Estonia

Estonia Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Brigade, Kuperjanov Battalion, and U.S. Soldiers from Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed out of Vilseck, Germany, worked together as they assaulted an enemy force during an urban operations training exercise in Voru, Estonia, April 30, 2016.
This was the first time that Estonian Soldiers performed an urban operations training exercise with U.S. Soldiers.

Drills in Moldavia

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe and Moldovan Brig. Gen. Igor Cutie, acting head of the General Staff, National Army Commander, observed culminating events of exercise Dragoon Pioneer May 15, 2016 during a distinguished visitor and media day. Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army and Codru Engineer Battalion, Moldovan Army conduct combined training and reconstruction projects May 1 -20 at Codru Engineer Training Area and in local community.

Military exercise in Turkey

Soldiers from A Company, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), along with U.S. Navy Sailors from the U.S.S. Donald Cook, are the first U.S. service members to participate in EFES 2016, Turkey’s largest military exercise.
“I am very proud that the 173rd is the unit here to represent the U.S. Army, but at the end of the day it’s all about building enduring relationships,” said Maj. Gary Dales, battalion executive officer.
This year the training event began May 4, and includes about 5,000 military members from US, Turkey, UK, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Qatar.

Military exercise in Finland

Troopers assigned to Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, arrived in Finland on May 2nd to participate in Arrow ’16, a bilateral exercise that allows the troop to continue Dragoon standard training while sharing and learning techniques and procedures from their Finnish counterparts.

Various trainings for soldiers in Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers with the 1st Battalion 72nd Mechanized Brigade completed a squad live-fire exercise Jun. 4, 2016 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center as part of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.
Instructing the training were Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. The training occurred within the 55-day program of instruction as part of JMTG-U. The soldiers of 1-72 Mech are the third rotational battalion to take part in the training.
Soldiers with the Ukrainian Land Forces completed the first Ukrainian Basic Instructor Course Jun. 3, 2016 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center as part of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.
Leading the training were Soldiers from 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command.
At the request of U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command recently provided space operations training to Ukrainian soldiers here.
Lt. Col. Siegfried Ullrich, 1st Sgt. Eldon Brown, Staff Sgt. Travis Andrews and Sgt. Kenneth Pehoski, all from SMDC, traveled to Ukraine to conduct the training for the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, which provides defensive and security training to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense forces.

Resolute Castle 16 in Romania

Alabama Army National Guard is participating in Resolute Castle 16. This is nested inside Operation Atlantic Resolve, which is a United States Army and Europe-led multinational operation that strengthens U.S. and NATO allies’ partnerships.
Resolute Castle 16 is an ongoing joint-training mission taking place in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, and Romania. U.S. forces are working with coalition forces to develop strong partnerships, working relationships and training initiatives. Alabama Army National Guard Soldiers are working alongside Romanian Land Forces to improve military infrastructure, develop engineering strategies and execute training plans.

Drills in Georgia

Light rain and heavy winds greeted the onlookers as soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, U.K.’s 3d Rifles, and Georgia’s 4th Mechanized Brigade, overtook the battlefield, utilizing air support, tanks and artillery.

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