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    278th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducts Transfer of Authority ceremony for NATO’s eFP Battle Group Poland

    278th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducts Transfer of Authority ceremony for NATO’s EFP Battle Group Poland

    Photo By Sgt. Timothy Massey | 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment Troopers stand in formation with Troopers from Poland,...... read more read more

    BEMOWO PISKIE, Poland- Members in the Pennsylvania and Tennessee Army National Guard held a transfer of authority ceremony for NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group Poland, here, May 16.

    Lt. Col. Donny Hebel, the 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and Task Force Raider Commander, transferred authority of Battle Group Poland to Lt. Col. Mark P. O’Neill, Commander of 3rd Squadron, 278th ACR and Task Force Pacesetter.

    “We arrived to Poland in the middle of fall, and plowed through the depths of a winter most Tennesseans had never experienced before,” said Hebel. “Through these cold months, we were able to participate with fellow eFP and multinational partners in multiple joint, interoperability training events such as Iron Tomahawk in Latvia and our Spur Rides - along with exercises such as Anaconda, Bull Run 8 and 9, Lasica, and progressive collective exercises culminating in a joint Live Fire Exercise Raider Fury.”

    Components of the Pennsylvania and Tennessee Army National Guard will serve a full rotation here, supporting eFP Battle Group Poland and assisting in joint multinational training to increase interoperability.

    “This particular squadron is comprised of over 800 highly motivated troops who have spent the last four years training for the mission ahead,” stated O’Neill. “They have been tested in some of the toughest training environments the United States Army has to offer, and I can assure you they are up to the task.”

    Battle Group Poland consists of multinational troops from U.S., Croatia, Romania and U.K. and serve alongside the host nation’s 15th Mechanized Brigade.
    Representatives from these nations partook in the ceremony along with distinguished visitors such as Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, the Adjutant General for the state of Tennessee and Lt. Col. Brad Bowlin, the Commander of the 278th ACR.

    The eFP is a forward deployment designed to advise and train armed forces in the eastern flank of Poland to establish and sustain organic NATO training facilities.

    “No nation can confront today’s challenges alone, and our presence here demonstrates NATO’s commitment to maintaining a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace,” said O’Neill.


    Date Taken: 05.16.2019
    Date Posted: 05.16.2019 09:35
    Story ID: 322607
    Location: PL

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