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Kentucky Army National Guard brings the firepower to Saber Strike 18
Staff Sgt. Christopher Anderson, section chief, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment directs a truck operator during a reloading exercise of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Saber Strike 18 in the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 6, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Alan Prince /released)
June 6, 2018 - "This is a unique opportunity for the unit since this is the first time we have deployed with 100% of our organic elements," stated Capt. Paul Chandler, Alpha Battery commander.

Battle Group Poland hits the water for amphibious training
British soldiers in a Jackal 2A Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation Kit, are transported across a water hazard by their Polish allies in a Polish Army Medium Amphibious Transport at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area on June 5, 2018 as part of their participation in Saber Strike 18. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Robert Douglas/Released.)
June 6, 2018 - Collaborative training with allies is the kind of environment Saber Strike 18 hopes to foster in its eighth iteration.

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Builds Camaraderie Across Borders
U.S. Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fire at a target while conducting the defensive position live fire portion of the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, June 5, 2018. The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is an annual training event designed to give participating nations a dynamic, productive and fun environment in which to foster military partnerships, form Soldier-level relationships, and share tactics, techniques and procedures. The participating nations this year are Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner)
June 6, 2018 - Even across eight nations’ uniforms and six languages, some ideas require no translation like impressive tanks, a friendly competition and the importance of building multinational cooperation.

Army leaders learn by retracing WWII campaign
WWII survivors and local townsfolk from Roynac, France, greet U.S. Soldiers at a privately owned WWII Memorabilia Museum in Roynac as Operation Anvil-Dragoon was discussed May 30, 2018. Anvil-Dragoon was the campaign to take Southern France August 15, 1944. Junior and senior leaders from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, participated in a battle staff ride, which retraced the actual landing spots and troop movements in Southern France, May 27 - 31. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Overson)
June 6, 2018 - f there’s one constant in the Army, it’s learning from success stories and mistakes. Often referred to as ‘lessons learned,’ leaders study what went well and what didn’t go well in various operations. ‘After action reviews’ are often conducted to try to constantly improve missions, and at times, morale.

74 years later, spirit of D-Day lives on
Paratroopers descend upon Sainte-Mère-Église, France, June 3, 2018. The D-Day memorial airdrops involved paratroopers from the U.S. Army and other Allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)
June 6, 2018 - “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: you are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”
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The 7th Army Training Command, headquartered in Grafenwoehr, Germany, provides military training solutions to U.S., Allied and Partner Nation forces in Europe, Africa and beyond.

 

We are U.S. Army Europe's training command to prepare U.S., NATO and partner-nation forces; to train together and set conditions for peace; by connecting live, virtual and simulated training capabilities.

 

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The 7th ATC is a unified command consisting of seven directorates: Combined Arms Training Center, Grafenwoehr Training Area, International Special Training Centre, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Joint Multinational Simulation Center, 7th Army NCO Academy and Training Support Activity Europe.

The 7th ATC provides dynamic training, preparing forces to execute Unified Land Operations and contingencies in support of the Combatant Commands, NATO, and other national requirements. The 7th ATC is a unique institution; efficiently and effectively providing innovative multinational training solutions for an uncertain future.

We are centrally located among the highest concentration of U.S. allies and partners in the world.

By routinely training together at 7th ATC, U.S. and multinational forces build trust, develop interoperability and set the conditions for creating the strong coalitions that will guarantee peace and security in the region.

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Missed the tank challenge fun last week? AFN Bavaria has a recap of the competition. Bundesheer, 1er régiment de Chasseurs, Bundeswehr, 34 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej - "Hetmańska Brygada", Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, The Queen's Royal Hussars, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Take a look around as 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team - forward Soldiers assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine oversee Ukraine’s 2-80th Air Assault Brigade while they conduct transportation and air support operations in conjunction with a company-level field training exercise.
27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team - forward Soldiers assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine oversee Ukrainian-led training as the 2nd Battalion, 80th Air Assault Brigade conducts amphibious operations while utilizing BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center.
How does NATO coordinate artillery fire? NATO allies are constantly working to improve their ability to cooperate, and one of these ways is through the recent training exercise #DynamicFront at 7th Army Training Command.
Immediately following the Obstacle Course, the #StrongEurope #TankChallenge tankers ran the Tanker Olympics lane, where each tank crew member completed one segment of a four-part relay race while carrying, dragging, rolling or throwing tank-related objects around a track. (Photos by Gertrud Zach, Training Support Activity Europe) Bundesheer, 1er régiment de Chasseurs, Bundeswehr, 34 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej - "Hetmańska Brygada", Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, The Queen's Royal Hussars, U.S.Army's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
A delegation of soldiers from the 7th Army Training Command recently visited the Field Command Post of the Multinational Division North East. #SaberStrike
The eight teams in the 2018 #StrongEurope #TankChallenge took part in a physically challenging obstacle course starting in the early morning hours of the last day of the competition - only the first of four events that one, very long day. (Photos by Gertrud Zach, Training Support Activity Europe) Bundesheer, 1er régiment de Chasseurs, Bundeswehr, 34 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej - "Hetmańska Brygada", Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, The Queen's Royal Hussars, U.S.Army's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Brig. Gen. Christopher C. LaNeve, commander of the 7ATC recently visited Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team - forward assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. LaNeve met with key JMTG-U leaders and presented challenge coins to Soldiers for their outstanding efforts during the deployment. Accompanying LaNeve on his visit was Command Sgt. Maj. William L. Gardner, the senior enlisted Soldier of 7ATC.
Tank platoons from Germany, Sweden, Austria are awarded trophies for the top three placements and the United States for the shootout during the 2018 #StrongEurope #TankChallenge at 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area. Eight NATO and partner nations participated in this year’s tank challenge: Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. This training event had 13 competitive events and gave participating nations a dynamic, productive and fun environment in which to foster military partnerships, form Soldier-level relationships, and share tactics, techniques and procedures. Learn more at www.dvidshub.net/news/280177/germany-takes-prize-strong-europe-tank-challenge-winner. (Photos by Markus Rauchenberger, Training Support Activity Europe) Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, Bundesheer, U.S. Army Europe, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, @Bundeswehr
Germany has taken the first-place trophy in the third annual #StrongEurope #TankChallenge, June 3-8, 2018. The 3rd Panzer Battalion brought the #Leopard 2A6 to the weeklong event. Find out more at www.dvidshub.net/news/280177/germany-takes-prize-strong-europe-tank-challenge-winner. @bundeswehr
Drum roll please ... The 2018 #StrongEurope #TankChallenge winners are: Germany / Bundeswehr with the Leopard 2A6 in 1st Place; Sweden / Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani with the Stridsvagn 122 in 2nd Place; Austria / Bundesheer with the Leopard 2A4 in 3rd Place; and the Shootout winner is the U.S.Army's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division with the M1A2 SEP. Congratulations to all tank platoons and crews who participated in the mentally and physically challenging tasks at Grafenwoehr Training Area this week.
#StrongEurope #TankChallenge's Precision Driving lane tests tank crews on their ability to navigate their tanks through a highly restrictive environment with obstacles without using optics. And yes ... crunch cars. Bundesheer, 34 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej - "Hetmańska Brygada", Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani and the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division crush it ... literally.
Tank platoons rotate through the Medical Evacuation lane during the #StrongEurope #TankChallenge. This intense scenario has them report an improvised explosive device, treat the patient and call for a medical evacuation, and perform hasty vehicle repairs in a hostile environment. Here's some of the action from Bundesheer, 1er régiment de Chasseurs, 34 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej - "Hetmańska Brygada", Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani and the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
The Combat Pistol Shoot lane of the #StrongEurope #TankChallenge forces platoon crews to dismount and engage several targets as they move from the staring position towards the safety of their tanks. Check out the Bundeswehr, Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and The Queen's Royal Hussars.
The #StrongEurope #TankChallenge lanes include Defensive Operations where platoons conduct live fire defensive maneuvers in a simulated hostile environment to eliminate of all presented enemy formations. See 1er régiment de Chasseurs, Bundeswehr, Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in action.
The #StrongEurope #TankChallenge Offensive Operations lane is run by the Bundeswehr, and challenges platoons to conduct live fire offensive maneuvers in a battlefield environment, avoiding obstacles and artillery. Platoons from Bundeswehr, Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani, The Queen's Royal Hussars and Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine show us how it's done.
The #StrongEurope #TankChallenge is already more than half over, but never fear, there is still great action to see from the eight nations participating this year, including some from today. Looking for more? Visit <a href="https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/StrongEuropeTankChallenge" target="_blank"><a href="https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/StrongEuropeTankChallenge</a> for more videos and photos." target="_blank">https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/StrongEuropeTankChallenge</a> for more videos and photos.</a>
One of the #StrongEurope #TankChallenge lanes is the simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or environmental attack - where platoons are tested on their abilities to rapidly react to indirect fire and chemical attacks, and safely and quickly recover the vehicle. Check out Bundesheer, 1er r&#233;giment de Chasseurs, Wartofta Stridsvagnskompani and the The Queen&#39;s Royal Hussars platoons in action. #CBRNE
"All the teams here will win something very important - more than the first or second place - this cooperation, the fact that we are all together, all linked by tank spirit, we will all win something." #StrongEurope #TankChallenge Builds Camaraderie Across Borders: www.army.mil/article/206523/
Check out some the latest from day two of the #StrongEurope #TankChallenge at 7th Army Training Command&#39;s Grafenwoehr Training Area. Who are you rooting for?
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1LT Joseph Skeps & SPC Derek Teegardin with @HohenfelsJMRC's 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment compete in the… https://t.co/NcSRBlG8mq
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#Soldiers in @7thATC begin the 3-day #BestWarrior competition to determine who will move forward to compete at the… https://t.co/YHLYDDNDYk
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RT @SafetyCenter: Safety Shout Out: @USArmy names fiscal 2017 safety award winners https://t.co/MPnPePlw5g @hqamc @usarmycentral @CECOMAPG
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RT @USEUWAffairs: Michigan National Guard in 🇺🇸U.S-led @NATO Exercise: Saber Strike 18 https://t.co/P5WaTJxDEs @USArmyEurope @MGGronski
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RT @DeptofDefense: Today marks 243 years of the @USArmy. This service branch is older than the nation it defends. Find out how the #Army ha…
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RT @USNATO: Happy 243rd Birthday to the @USArmy! Thank you to all of our current soldiers and veterans for your service in keeping America…
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RT @USArmy: America's #USArmy has stood ready to serve our nation for 243 years and today, our Soldiers stand ready to meet any challenge.…
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RT @HohenfelsJMRC: Happy 243rd Birthday, Army! You don't look a day over 240! #ArmyBDay #StrongEurope https://t.co/4hJ1RSzJRB
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RT @usembvienna: #ICYMI: Das #Bundesheer belegte bei der #StrongEurope #TankChallenge von @USArmyEurope & #Bundeswehr in Grafenwöhr in der…
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RT @USArmyEurope: #ICYMI #WeaponsWednesday @BritishArmy @ChurchillsOwn Crushing it during @7thATC Tank Challenge. Find out more about the…
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RT @USEUWAffairs: The U.S Army and Flag Day June 14, 1775 https://t.co/uYXWcdUI2K @WhiteHouse @POTUS @USArmyEurope @USArmy @USNav
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RT @USAGBavaria: #DidYouKnow - Elvis Presley spent several weeks training at Grafenwoehr in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army. https…
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RT @JMTG_Ukraine: Fly with us, fight with us. Soldiers of the 2-80th Air Assault Brigade conducted transportation and air support operation…
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RT @HohenfelsJMRC: Looking for more JMRC photos? Check out our new Flickr Page: https://t.co/DI4g6HLkfi #StrongEurope https://t.co/0JM7O9…
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RT @USAGBavaria: .@USArmyEurope uses new Joint Warfighting Assessment, or JWA, as an early opportunity to move the concept of multidomain b…
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RT @HohenfelsJMRC: Recently JMRC junior and senior leaders took a staff ride into France to learn valuable lessons while following in the f…
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RT @armeedeterre: Nos cavaliers du #1RCh ont relevé le défi du #StrongEurope #TankChallenge. L’esprit : viser une saine émulation entre pa…
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