More than 3,000 soldiers from 15 NATO countries involved in Allied Spirit VI military exercise 10404174

Defense & Security News - Germany
 
More than 3,000 soldiers from 15 NATO countries involved in Allied Spirit VI military exercise.
Special operations forces joined more than 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI at 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8 to 31.
     
Special operations forces joined more than 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI at 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8 to 31.
Dutch soldiers load into a helicopter to conduct air assault for Allied Spirit VI in Hohenfels, germany, Jan. 3, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Taylor Hoganson)
     
Allied Spirit VI is a multinational exercise training service members from Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. on integrating special operations and conventional forces to increase their effectiveness.

During the exercise, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group trained on their advise and assist mission while working closely with Estonian forces, who provided mission command of all special operations elements, and Macedonian special operations mission command elements.

The program's mission is to increase the ability of special operations forces to work together seamlessly while bolstering the capabilities of partner nations within U.S. European Command's area of responsibility.

"In addition to developing the capabilities of vital NATO allies, we get to exercise a number of our staff battle drills, call for fire and clearance of lines, some of the traditional skills that we have not always been required to participate in within the last 10 to 15 years of fighting," the commander said.

JMRC is the only Europe-based combat training center that trains leaders, staffs and units from the U.S. as well as our multinational partners to conduct unified land operations anywhere in the world.

"JMRC is a place where all the conditions are set to conduct different tactical operations in rural and built-up areas in as realistic environment as possible during peacetime and training with multinational forces," said a senior leader of the Estonian special operations training group.
     
Special operations forces joined more than 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI at 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8 to 31.
Members of Bull Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry engage a multinational force while taking part in a quick deployment exercise during Allied Spirit VI at Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, March 25, 2017.
 

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