Exercise Allied Spirit VIII had just concluded prior to the Super Bowl, but many Soldiers remained at HTA with no real access to watch the game.
7th Army Training Command
U.S. Army Europe's Training Command
Allied Spirit VIII
What is Allied Spirit VIII?
Approximately 4,100 participants from 10 nations will take part in exercise Allied Spirit VIII at the 7th Army Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 2018.
Nearly 2,420 participants will come from the United States and approximately 1,680 participants are scheduled to participate from allied and partner nations of Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom. In this exercise, Poland’s 12th Mechanized Brigade will command the multinational brigade headquarters. Allied Spirit VIII is unique in its ability to provide hands-on experience and testing of secure communications between NATO allies and partners.
Allied Spirit VII
The Soldiers were mere shadows in the fog and mist, digging in the dirt, emplacing concertina wire and building perimeter fortifications.
Approximately 4,050 service members from 13 nations participated in exercise Allied Spirit VII at 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Oct. 30 to Nov. 22, 2017.
Lithuanian Army's "Griffin" Brigade took on quite the daunting task of controlling the brigade fight in the Hohenfels Training Area for Allied Spirit VII .
Using small-arms weapons and several tracked vehicles, the 2-70 AR was able to fight off opposing forces that attempted to seize and occupy the village.
In preparation of California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) deployment to Afghanistan, they participated in exercise Allied Spirit VII.
"It's very important for us to train together with our partners. For us, this is the most important thing because it's a multinational exercise."
The British Soldiers performed the remembrance ceremony on a cold, wet morning in the middle of an army training exercise.
Approximately 4,050 participants from 13 nations will take part in exercise Allied Spirit VII at the 7th Army Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 30 to Nov. 22, 2017.
Allied Spirit VI
Special operations forces joined over 3,000 service members representing 15 NATO and partner nations to participate in exercise Allied Spirit VI.
The CBRN Recce Platoon, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade and Slovenian CBRN Decontamination Unit respond to a simulated chemical exposure incident.
2nd Cavalry Regiment completed a rapid deployment to quickly integrate with the opposing forces and provide a surprise increase in enemy firepower.
Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais visited Michigan Army National Guard and Latvian troops at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
Paratroopers from the 173rd conduct a simulated artillery training in Hohenfels, Germany, during Allied Spirit VI.
Delta Company sets up defensive positions using man-made and natural camouflage to their advantage during Allied Spirit VI.
173rd Airborne Brigade's Brigade Support Battalion gives insight on working with the French Armed Forces during Allied Spirit VI.
Soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard are working closely with the 1st Latvian Brigade, during Allied Spirit VI at the 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
The Tunisian Army Training Forces Center of Excellence partnered with U.S. Army Africa to gather best practices of observer, coach, trainer teams during Allied Spirit VI.
Pvt. Dylan Hansen of 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade explains the process of setting up an anti-tank defensive position during Exercise Allied Spirit VI.
A French logistics company from the 511th Regiment du Train (Transport Regiment) is partnered with 173rd Airborne Brigade as a fully integrated multinational support task force.
The Brigade Support Battalion from 173rd Airborne Brigade conducts an air resupply mission during Exercise Allied Spirit VI.
Latvia's Minister of Defense and Chief of Defense were among the leaders visiting Hohenfels, Germany, to see the multinational exercise.
U.S. Army Paratroopers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct a joint air assault with Soldiers from the Royal Netherlands Army.
Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have joined with troops from 12 nations for a multinational operation in southeastern Germany.
A US Army Reserve unit traveled over 4,000 miles directly to enhance interoperability training for their civil affairs assets.
Latvia's 1st Infantry Brigade and the Michigan Army National Guard are operating the brigade headquarters together during exercise Allied Spirit VI.
The Iowa National Guard's 3355th Component Rebuild Company are augmented to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment and the Consolidated Maintenance Activity.
Allied Spirit V
More than 120 Soldiers took the opportunity to train as they simultaneously supported multinational forces during Allied Spirit V at the 7th Army Training Command's training area.
The Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities program allows five signatory nations a unique fire support system to interface with one another.
Soldiers from 2nd Cavalry Regiment's Ghost Troop had the task of clearing the town of Uebungsdorf of the enemy, while keeping the townspeople safe.
An aviation task force of Soldiers from 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the 1st Armored Division CAB, Belgium and the Czech Republic participated in Exercise Allied Spirit V.
A Red Cross member speaks with a U.S. Soldier after the enemy swept through the small European town of Schwend during exercise Allied Spirit V.
Accompanied by autumn chill and inclement weather, the operational environment is set in modern Europe with many county-level communities.
Within Allied Spirit, chaplains are challenged to replicate the demands of a battlefield environment.
The first day was spent touring 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Readiness Center, where exercise Allied Spirit V is currently in play.
Soldiers from Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry unit took part in defensive tactics trainingto help prepare for real world scenarios.
Regular deployments require international preparedness, which is why more than 60 soldiers from the Los Angeles-area Division headquarters deployed Sep. 25 to Hohenfels, Germany.
Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment take on Joint Multinational Training Center's Opposing Forces from 1-4 Infantry Regiment during Allied Spirit V.
The recently completed Combined Resolve VII and the current exercise, Allied Spirit V, use NATO's Joint Warfare Center's Skolkan scenario.
Special Forces and conventional forces integration is a key component of training at JMRC during Allied Spirit V.
Allies and partners from across Europe gathered at JMRC for OCT training in support of exercise Allied Spirit V.
Allied Spirit IV
This is Allied Spirit IV. Over a three-week period, 2,400 soldiers from seven NATO nations gather at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, to work on tactical-level readiness among Allies.
U.S. Army paratroopers, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, began a week-long training event, Allied Spirit IV Command Post Exercise, Feb. 8.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade demonstrates its ability to integrate fires and engineering abilities within a multinational force.
A lot more female faces are among the engine hoists, forklifts and wreckers these days at maintenance shops.
Inside a brick building in the middle of a simulated town set, hidden from view by a black curtain, a small room is bustling with activity. Maps cover the walls; laptops, phones and radios cover the tables.
The challenging terrain did not deter paratroopers from the 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, as they sent out teams to prepare and construct fighting positions.
Armenian military members visited to observe mission command in action, understand the military decision-making process, and learn about the U.S. Army's noncommissioned officer corps.
When you are brand new to the Army, these winter seasons can feel as though Mother Nature herself has it out for you.
She's an electronic, mechanical training device that can squeal, stink and regurgitate to simulate an animal that has been exposed to chemical agents.
Chaplains from South African National Defense Force, U.S. Africa Command and 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command met and collaborated to build relationships between the two forces.
When the opportunity arose for Slovenia to provide troops and tanks to assist with training efforts, they jumped at the chance.
In these conditions, on the hilly and forested terrain of this 40,000-acre training facility, known to most as "The Box," BLUFOR is challenged by a formidable opponent.
Snow couldn't stop the training from happening as a Slovenian Platoon conducts a movement to contact lane during Allied Spirit IV, in Hohenfels, Germany.
"For us, it's a great opportunity to train together with other Allies and friends. We consider this a very important thing. This is the reality: working together, training together, in order to be ready."
The ground maneuver training during Allied Spirit IV took to the skies, as multinational forces trained under U.S. Air Force methods of engagement.
"We design our exercises specifically for our countries and our militaries to work together very closely to make the Alliance stronger from the tactical level to the strategic level."
Slovenian and Italian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) train with U.S. forces on many different ways to coordinate attacks between land and air assets during Allied Spirit.
Soldiers in Michigan Army National Guard are working with their Latvian partners. However, some of them have been able to branch out and build close partnerships with members of the Italian Army.
The infantrymen of 1-4 will be the OPFOR for exercise Allied Spirit IV, taking on a multinational force of more than 2,400 troops from seven nations, led by Italy's Garibaldi Brigade.
Units participating in Allied Spirit IV got a chilly welcome with ice, snow and freezing winds blowing through the Hohenfels.
The Bersaglieri "Garibaldi" Brigade has been appointed to command a multinational force made up of units from all the countries involved.
Soldiers in 3-227th Aviation Regiment practice a medical evacuation in adverse weather conditions and an unfamiliar, rocky terrain.
Despite the heavy hitting winter weather, Troopers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment kicked off training at Exercise Allied Spirit IV with the Squad Tactical Exercise.
"This provides us a lot of opportunities to train with our allies and partners. The most important thing is for all of us to stay together, to cooperate with other nations. This is a multinational environment."
Through teamwork and dedication, the Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment work side by side with the NATO Alliance.
For one Michigan National Guard Soldier, Allied Spirit is an amazing opportunity in itself; but it also a great learning experience in working with a member of the State Partnership Program.
Soldiers from 2nd Cavalry Regiment face the cold in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, as part of Allied Spirit IV 2016.
"Weekend Warriors" is not a term that can be used anymore to describe the Michigan Army National Guard. Some Soldiers of the Michigan National Guard are far from home.
Allied Spirit II
Soldiers, from the Czech Republic Army's 7th Mechanized Brigade, prepare to breach and clear a building during a simulated training exercise as part of Exercise Allied Spirit II.
More than 4,500 participants from 8 nations will participate in Exercise Allied Spirit II at the Army's Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, August 04 - 24, 2015.
Allied Spirit I
Allied Spirit I is designed to provide multinational interoperability training at brigade and battalion levels to enhance U.S. and Alliance effectiveness.
Soldiers like the Dutch soldier pictured here at Allied Spirit I face an obstacle that's hampered every past rotation: the ability to communicate with others. That's all changed.
In Germany multinational military partners and allies are sharpening their skills to NATO standards in Exercise Allied Spirit. Gail McCabe brings us this report from Hohenfels.
One of the issues tackled at Allied Spirit I is how to get a multinational force to accomplish point-to-point secure communications with different systems and different nations. That's what a tactical voice bridge is for.
USAREUR Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, visits exercise Allied Spirit I at Hohenfels Training Area in Germany.
Lt. Col. Jeffery J. Files, acting commander of 66th Troop Command, Mississippi Army National Guard, which is acting as high command during Allied Spirit I.
Exercise Allied Spirit I is the first in a series of multinational military exercises at the U.S. Army's Hohenfels Training Area January 2015.
TRADOC Commander Gen. David Perkins visited Hohenfels today to observe exercise Allied Spirit I and share his vision on the Army's new operating concept, 'Win in a complex world.'
Father-son duo meet up at Exercise Allied Spirit I.
In support of a Strong Europe, U.S. Army Europe is conducting Exercise Allied Spirit I at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, from Jan. 12-31.
Senior military leaders from several NATO member countries paid a visit to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center to observe multinational units participating in interoperability training at exercise Allied Spirit I.
22 Dutch soldiers certify to become observer, coach trainers during Allied Spirit I--an exercise designed to provide U.S. and Alliance effectiveness January 2015.
Stykers, Humvees and light-utility vehicles pulled into Hohenfels Training Area as troopers assigned to 4th (Saber) Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrived prepared to start training with their NATO allies during Allied Spirit I in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 12.
"This exercise illustrates the value of America's forward-stationed land forces and the value of the training facilities at Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. It is a vital part of 'Strong Europe,'" said Lt. Gen Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe.