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    U.S. Soldiers Evaluate, Train Urban Operations with Bulgarian Army

    U.S. Soldiers Evaluate, Train Urban Operations with Bulgarian Army

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler | Bulgarian soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 61st Mechanized Brigade, Karlovo,...... read more read more

    ANEVO, BULGARIA – Bulgarian soldiers from 1st Battalion, 61st Mechanized Brigade, Karlovo, Bulgaria, conducted an urban operations live-fire training exercise at Anevo Range, Bulgaria, while being assessed by U.S. infantrymen from Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, on April 25, 2018.

    The urban scenario training was conducted as part of an agreement between organizations of the two-allied nations, even having high priority within the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, said 1st Lt. Bryan Connell, Executive Officer assigned to Company A, 1-18th Infantry Regiment.

    Using experience gained from years of overseas service, four leaders from the 1-18th Infantry Regiment embedded with multiple teams from the 61st Mechanized Brigade for four days, training and providing feedback to Bulgarian commanders.

    “We came here to observe how they conduct training, where their focus is, and (help with) any issues they experience so we can establish a shared learning and understanding of tactics for mechanized infantry,” said Connell.

    Connell and his team demonstrated different formations and techniques for navigating through urban environments.

    1st Lt. Slavena Zhelyazkova, commander of 3rd Mechanized Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Mechanized Brigade, Karlovo, Bulgaria, said the training was very useful since the 1-18th Infantry Regiment leadership has urban experience and are willing to share their knowledge.

    In addition to the Soldiers’ assessments, Bulgarian commanders used this opportunity to implement a five-paragraph operation order (OPORD), something similar to what U.S. command teams use, to cover the various aspects that are required for planning and performing a mission.

    Commanders then disseminated their order to subordinate leaders, who began the troop leading procedures, a process Bulgarian forces have adapted from the U.S. while training and bonding with the 1-18th Infantry Regiment and other U.S. military entities during their nine-month rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve.

    “The (Atlantic Resolve) deployment is also about building relationships with the Bulgarians,” said Connell. “Having this shared training and experience, a relationship is already established and will greatly benefit our operations in the future should we find ourselves allied with the Bulgarian army in any future military operations.”



    Date Taken: 04.25.2018
    Date Posted: 04.28.2018 07:16
    Story ID: 274910
    Location: AVENO, BG
    Hometown: FORT RILEY, KS, US
    Hometown: MANHATTAN, KS, US
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