BROLL of the ceremony celebrating the beginning of the Ukrainian Army's 1st Airmobile Battalion, 79th Air Assault Brigade's training rotation at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on April 22.
Taken: 04.22.2017 | Video by Sgt. Anthony Jones
U.S., Canadian and Ukrainian leaders salute while the Ukrainian national anthem plays during a ceremony welcoming the 1st Airmobile Battalion, 79th Air Assault Brigade to training at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on April 22. The 1st Airmobile Battalion will train for several weeks under trainers from the Yavoriv CTC and international mentors assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
Taken: 04.22.2017 | Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones
Today, 40 young leaders from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team graduated the Army's Basic Leader Course. A significant achievement, but not necessarily unique - until you consider the circumstances - the Thunderbirds are deployed to a spartan environment in Western Ukraine. Mobilized in support of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, the Thunderbirds’ mission is to train the Ukrainian army to NATO standards, develop their noncommissioned officer corps, and help them to establish a combat training center, so that in the future, they can continue to train themselves. "It’s about overall professionalism...I think it's important that [the Ukrainians] see us [educating NCOs], because that's how we lead by example,"...
04.22.2017 | YAVORIV, UA | Story by 1st Lt. Kayla Christopher