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    Georgian troops test their skills during the Mission Rehearsal Exercise

    Photo By Sgt. Calvin Shamoon | Soldiers with the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion escort a simulated casualty from...... read more read more

    HOHENFELS, Germany – The 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion and U.S. Marines, in partnership with soldiers from Moldova, initiated their Mission Rehearsal Exercise, Feb. 2, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. The MRE is the final portion of a four month-long training evolution in which U.S. Marines and Georgian soldiers integrate to support the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

    The Mission Rehearsal Exercise is a month-long pre-deployment training event in which the U.S. Marines work alongside soldiers from The Republic of Georgia in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. The exercise will test the battalion on finding improvised explosive devices, dealing with the local population and going on mounted and foot patrols.

    The Marines of 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Support Arms Liaison Team, have been with the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion since Feb. 2, and will be with the Georgian battalion for the remainder of the GDP.

    The warriors are evaluated on training they received prior to the event, which is part of the Georgia Deployment Program.

    The Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group is the coordinating agency between the Georgian Liaison Team and the Georgian Training Team, provide logistics, communication and operational support throughout the MRE. Marine Forces Europe oversees the Georgia Deployment Program.

    The MRE is a final exercise to fine-tune and sharpen the edges of prior training in order to be successful in Afghanistan, said U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Scott Parry, the senior enlisted advisor for the Georgia Liaison Team.

    One of the first iterations of the MRE is a Close Air Support exercise, which takes place over a period of two days. The Marines and the Georgian troops simulated combat situation and request air support during a fight with the simulated enemy.

    During the first day of the air portion, the Marines with Georgian soldiers patrolled through a local village testing their handling of a complex enemy attack such as mortar fire, engagements from buildings, and tree-line attacks. During the scenario, the Marines synchronize with the Georgian soldiers throughout the attack on the location of the enemy, request air support and medical evacuations.

    The teams joined forces on the second day for a mounted patrol facing similar, complex attacks involving improvised explosive devices, enemy contact and indirect fire. The scenario tested the Marines and Georgian soldiers abilities to coordinate with higher headquarters to carry out air strikes on enemy targets.

    “ANGLICO essentially attaches to foreign countries that don’t have the same capabilities as us [United States Armed Forces],” said Marine Capt. Michael L. Reid. “We integrate with them so they can utilize assets that are available, mostly from the Marine Corps, Army and even the Air Force.”



    Date Taken: 02.12.2015
    Date Posted: 02.20.2015 07:57
    Story ID: 154957
    Location: HOHENFELS, DE 
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