US armed forces and partner nations conduct Saber Junction 20 military exercise in Germany
The U.S. armed forces in Europe conduct Saber Junction 20, a military exercise designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, to execute unified land operations in a joint, combined environment, and to promote interoperability with participating ally and partner nations.
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U.S. Marines and Soldiers work together on day one as they infiltrate Hohenfels kicking off exercise Saber Junction 20 in Hohenfels, Germany on Aug. 10, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)
To support this exercise, military vehicles have also used public roads to convoy from Grafenwoehr to Hohenfels in serials, August 5-12, during both daylight and evening hours. Due to their size and weight, these vehicles will move slowly and have limited visibility. Drivers are advised to use caution when driving near military convoys.
During Saber Junction 20, helicopters from the U.S 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit transported 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers carried out an infiltration assault into the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, August 10, 2020.
“Saber Junction 20 is focused on a joint forcible entry today. We try to rapidly converge forces from across the European theater to fight a decisive action battle against the near-peer adversary,” said Lt. Col. Phillip Lamb, senior aviation observer/coach-trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
JMRC focuses on multinational interoperability and delivers a realistic, complex operational environment supported by observer/coach-trainers.
As the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s mission is to deploy and decisively win in ground combat against a near-peer adversary for Saber Junction 20, said Lt. Col. Nathan Strohm, brigade support battalion commander for the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
More than 4,000 participants from the U.S. and ally and partner nations are participating in Saber Junction 20 at Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas until August 27, 2020. Participating nations are Albania, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania and Ukraine.