Military exercise in Poland for US troops an Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 25, 2020, NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland and the Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade have conducted Bull Run 12, a multinational rapid-response exercise and wet gap crossing in the Suwalki region of northeast Poland, June 19-23, 2020.
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U.S. army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment drive Stryker infantry carrier vehicles during Bull Run 12 near Jaglowo, Poland, June 22, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Bull Run 12 NATO military exercise was designed to demonstrate interoperability and the overall readiness of the 15th MB and Battle Group Poland.  The exercise began with the reconnaissance elements from the U.K.’s Legion Troop departing from Bemowo Piskie Training Area and conducting reconnaissance in an assigned area.

On the morning of June 21, Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment received the alert to begin preparing for nighttime movements. This tested BGP’s ability to alert, marshal, and deploy forces and equipment from BPTA to areas in the Suwalki region for the bridge crossing operation.

The bridging operation near Jagłowo involved more than just infantry carrier vehicles crossing a wet gap. It also included coordinated and synchronized activities of multinational forces such as tactical movements, bridging, air support, medical evacuation, and mobile defense.

NATO has enhanced its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, with four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. These battlegroups, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and the United States respectively, are multinational, and combat-ready, demonstrating the strength of the transatlantic bond. Their presence makes clear that an attack on one Ally will be considered an attack on the whole Alliance. NATO’s battlegroups form part of the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defense in a generation.

One U.S. armored cavalry squadron with combat service and support from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment as well as self-propelled rocket launcher battery Vulkan from Croatia, one ground-based air defense battery and support elements from Romania and one British army Light Reconnaissance squadron equipped with Jackal are parts of the Battlegroup deployed in Poland under the led of United States.   

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, also known as the 2nd Dragoons, is an active Stryker infantry and cavalry regiment of the United States Army. The Second Cavalry Regiment is a unit of the United States Army Europe, with its garrison at the Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. This regiment is equipped with Stryker 8x8 armored vehicles and the new Stryker Dragoon.

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment ride in a Stryker Dragoon infantry carrier vehicle during Bull Run 12 near Jaglowo, Poland, June 22, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

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