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    Joint live-fire exercise kicks off in Poland

    Joint live-fire exercise kicks off in Poland

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Oscar Gollaz | First Lt. Xavier Brown, a platoon leader with K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Sgt. James Wagner 

    112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland - Shots rang out on a blustery, cold winter morning as Polish infantrymen kicked off the first of a three-day joint live-fire exercise with U.S. dragoons at the Drawsko Pomorskie Land Forces Training Center here March 4.

    The exercise is the latest iteration in U.S. and Polish land force exercises since the middle of last year, when Operation Atlantic Resolve began. OAR is a NATO exercise led by the U.S. to test the alliance’s interoperability with Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian military forces while demonstrating their commitment to a safe and prosperous Europe.

    The live-fire exercise is the culminating event of collaborative training held between the Dragoons of K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and Poland’s 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Mechanized Brigade. Since early February, the two units have been conducting multinational platoon level training as they work to fully integrate their operations in a combat environment.

    The goal, according to 1st Lt. Geoffrey Hamilton, a 2 CR operations officer, is to increase the interoperability of Polish and U.S. land forces through shared training.

    “The whole purpose is to make sure we can work with the Polish army side-by-side,” he said. “The Polish army has been very easy to work with. They have been very accommodating since we got here, and they are very professional.”

    For the next three days, three platoons of 2 CR troopers and six platoons of Polish infantrymen will cycle through an exercise scenario - using live rounds and munitions - designed to test their skills in working together as allies facing an enemy land force.

    In the scenario, a Polish forward operating base is attacked by an enemy force. The Poles defend their position while a quick reaction force and a U.S. infantry platoon is called up to make contact with the enemy while also mounting a hasty defense when enemy reinforcements arrive. The U.S. also employs its mortars during the exercise.

    The allied units have communicated daily and undergone regular side-by-side exercises since February, honing their ability to fight effectively as one joint force. Overcoming the daily challenges of different languages, different doctrine and different tactics between the dragoons and Polish infantrymen is the goal, and after weeks of joint training, there is very little difference between the two allied units when training and fighting together.

    That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, said Polish Army Maj. Piotr Puchala, the executive officer of the 1st Infantry Battalion, 12th Mechanized Brigade.

    “We’ll conduct an after-action review at the end of the day, and that information will be passed on to the platoons participating in the exercise throughout the next couple of days, to make it better,” he said.

    Also in attendance at the launch of today’s exercise were a dozen journalists from various television stations and media outlets in Poland. According to a U.S. embassy official, spreading the word of the joint exercise provides mainstream Poland with a demonstration of the critical allied effort being conducted in their country to ensure safety and security in Eastern Europe.

    The live-fire exercise is expected to conclude March 6.



    Date Taken: 03.04.2015
    Date Posted: 03.04.2015 15:01
    Story ID: 155932

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