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    Agile Spirit 19 kicks off with dual opening ceremonies

    Agile Spirit 19

    Photo By Spc. Tori Miller | Soldiers from the Georgia National Guard participated in the Agile Spirit 19 opening...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Tori Miller 

    124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    Exercise Agile Spirit 19 began with dual opening ceremonies at Senaki Air Base and Vaziani Training Area in the country of Georgia on July 27, 2019.

    AGS is a multinational exercise which is cooperatively planned by the Georgia Defense Forces and co-led by the U.S. European Command. It is a culminating training event for European Rotational Forces.

    Approximately 3,300 military personnel represented 14 countries. The host nation, Georgia, welcomed their partners for this exercise at Senaki and VTA. The exercise will run from July 27 to Aug. 9, 2019.

    AGS is conducted every other year and is part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Exercise Program. The purpose of the exercise is to increase interoperability among participating nations militaries and strengthening regional security cooperation. AGS is on its eighth iteration.

    During the opening ceremony at Senaki, Lt. Gen. Vladimer Chachibaia, Chief of Georgian Defense Force and Brig. Gen. Randall Simmons, Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard, spoke of the success of Agile Spirit. Chachibaia enthusiastically spoke about the country of Georgia’s continuous support to their partners including their partnership with the stat of Georgia through the State Partnership Program.

    “The State Partnership Program is one of the greatest achievements from our command,” said Chachibaia. “We have practical support, exchanges, advising and this cooperation will continue as long as our two countries exist.”

    The opening ceremony at VTA featured U.S. Soldiers, as well as Soldiers from other partnered and allied nations. The key-note speaker for VTA’s ceremony was Brig. Gen. Aleksandre Kiknadze, commander of Eastern Command of Georgian Land Forces.

    Military personnel participating in AGS will conduct live fire, mounted and unmounted training exercises as well as realistic field training exercises. This exercise will prepare personnel on a full spectrum of challenges. AGS is aimed at improving multinational cooperation and coordination.

    “Whether you have trained here before or this is your countries first Agile Spirit, your presence here demonstrates your countries resolve to support peace and stability in this region and the world,” said Simmons. “Through tough and realistic live-fire and field training exercises we will prove our collective readiness and lethality as a multinational force.”



    Date Taken: 07.27.2019
    Date Posted: 07.28.2019 06:31
    Story ID: 333363
    Location: SENAKI AIR BASE, GE

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