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    Tennessee National Guard conducting operations in Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary



    Story by Staff Sgt. John Cunningham 

    230th Sustainment Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard

    NOVO SELO, Bulgaria – Soldiers from the 230th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee are actively conducting operations in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania as part of Saber
    Guardian 2017, which is a multinational training exercise.

    Members of the 230th will operate a Joint Visitors Bureau across the Black Sea region, welcoming and escorting distinguished visitors. Distinguished visitors will include senior United States leadership,
    dignitaries, and heads of state from partner and ally countries. These distinguished visitors will tour the region to observe the various exercises throughout the Baltic region and participate in high-level talks.

    “The 230th soldiers are playing an integral role in the overall success of Saber Guardian,” said Lt. Col. John H. Parks, executive officer for the 230th Sustainment Brigade’s mission. “Receiving and escorting these high-level military officers and dignitaries is a huge responsibility, and one we do not take lightly.”

    Approximately 40,000 military personnel from 22 partnered and allied nations will conduct training in the Black Sea and Baltic regions as part of several training exercises that highlights participants deterrence capabilities and builds interoperability. Saber Guardian is the largest exercise in the region. It includes approximately 25,000 military personnel – with the United States sending around 14,000 personnel to support the Bulgarian-led training, according to United States Army Europe.

    “The Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard bring a diverse set of experiences that will contribute to the success of Saber Guardian,” said 1st Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Brooks, 230th operations non-commissioned officer in charge. “The flip-side is that this high-level, multinational training will provide unique experiences for these soldiers. They will bring the lessons learned back to their civilian lives and jobs in Tennessee.”

    The 230th will host more than 60 distinguished visitors and operate more than 200 separate exercise-related missions during the nearly month long exercise. Approximately 200 soldiers from 11 member elements of the 230th are participating in this year’s exercise. In addition, another 200 soldiers from the 230th will start arriving in Europe in the middle of July to assist allied nations in moving equipment and personnel back to their home countries.

    This is the 230th’s second year conducting training in the region. In 2016, the sustainment brigade actively participated in the Polish-led, allied and joint, multinational Anaconda exercise.



    Date Taken: 07.18.2017
    Date Posted: 07.18.2017 03:14
    Story ID: 241525

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