Exercise Saber Strike





WHAT IS SABER STRIKE?

Saber Strike is a long-standing, multilateral, multifaceted, U.S Army Europe-led security cooperation exercise primarily focused on the three Baltic States. The exercise spans multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and involves approximately 4,500 personnel from 10 countries.

This year’s exercise includes participation from: U.S. Air Force Europe; Air National Guard from Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington; Army National Guard from Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Utah; Canada; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Latvia; Lithuania; Norway; Poland and United Kingdom. This is the first year Denmark and Canada have participated in the exercise.

The exercise trains participants on command and control and interoperability with regional partners. It is comprised of a brigade-level command post exercise and computer-assisted exercise occurring at various sites in Lithuania and Estonia, including locations near Tartu, Vilnius, Pabrade, Amari and Tapa, as well as company-level field and situational training exercises taking place at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia.

Saber Strike 2014 also features the integration of U.S. close air support with partner nation ground forces. All activities highlight joint, multi-national training among the participating nations and are designed to improve operational capability in a variety of missions.

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Video: Saber Strike 2014 Closing Ceremony in Latvia

Saber Strike 2014 Closing Ceremony in Latvia. Exercise directors give closing remarks.
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Lithuanian forces video: Multinational ceremony closes Saber Strike 2014

Soldiers from the 10 nations that participated in Saber Strike 2014 come together for a multinational ceremony marking the close of the exercise.
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Video: Saber Strike 2014 comes to a close

North Dakota National Guard video report on the closing ceremony for the multinational exercise Saber Strike 2014, including remarks by exercise co-directors U.S. Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen and Latvian Brig. Gen. Ainars Ozolins.
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Multinational ceremony closes Saber Strike 2014

ADAZI, Latvia ­– U.S. Army Europe and its regional partners concluded the exercise Saber Strike 2014 with a multinational ceremony at the Adazi Training Area, June 20.
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U.S. Air Force video: 435th Contingency Response Group, Latvian airmen hone sling load skills

Members of the U.S. Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group and Latvian airmen train together on sling load techniques at Lielvarde air base in Latvia as part of Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Final field training exercise mission of Saber Strike

ADAZI, Latvia -- The final multinational field training exercise mission of Saber Strike 2014 demonstrates how the exercise has enhanced the skills and partnership of its participants.
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Four-day field training exercise caps Saber Strike 2014

ADAZI, Latvia -- Multinational service members participated in the final mission of Saber Strike 2014 as they completed a four-day field training exercise here, June 18.
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Video: Final mission at Saber Strike 2014

North Dakota National Guard video report on the final mission of exercise Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Breaking bread, Saber Strike style

ADAZI, Latvia -- U.S. and Danish Soldiers taking part Saber Strike 2014 give each others' field rations a try.
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Danish forces report: Danish military leaders visit exercise Saber Strike

Danish forces report on visit of Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark Nicolai Wammen (facing camera in photo at left) and Maj. Gen. Per Ludvigsen, commander of the Danish Army Operational Command, visiting soldiers taking part in Saber Strike.
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Finnish forces video: Finnish forces in action during Saber Strike

Finnish forces video of interviews and footage of Finnish and partner forces training together during Saber Strike.
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AFN Europe video report: Interview with Saber Strike co-director Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen

ADAZI, Latvia -- AFN Europe interview with Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen, co-director of Saber Strike, about the goals and achievements of the exercise.
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AFN Europe video report: Pennsylvania National Guard captain talks about Estonian heritage

AFN interview with Capt. Jaan Sarapuu of the Pennsylvania National Guard, about his Estonian heritage and his involvement with U.S. and Estonian forces participating in Saber Strike.
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AFN Europe video report: Estonian liaison officer interview

ADAZI, Latvia -- AFN interview with Maj. Guselnikov, Estonian liaison officer for Saber Strike, about how the exercise is building and enhancing regional partnerships.
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AFN Europe video report: Multinational field training exercise

ADAZI, Latvia -- Forces from several nations come together to conduct a full-scale field training exercise as part of Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces video: U.S., Lithuanian Joint Tactical Air Controllers build skills together

Lithuanian forces video of U.S. and Lithuanian Joint Tactical Air Controllers training together during Saber Strike.
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Danish Division commander: Saber Strike symbol of 'the way to go in the future'

ADAZI TRAINING AREA, Latvia - Danish Maj. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, commander of the Danish Division (at left in photo at left) toured Saber Strike 14 and visited with military personnel participating in the exercise. This is the first year Denmark has taken part in Saber Strike, and Lollegaard said he hopes to continue participating in the years ahead.
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Video: Lithuanian, Danish forces train together at Saber Strike

North Dakota National Guard video report on Danish mechanized forces training with Lithuanian Soldiers as part of Denmark's first participation in exercise Saber Strike.
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Lithuanian president, dignitaries visit Saber Strike 2014

RUKLA, Lithuania -- President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite (at right in photo at left), Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, the Danish Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen and other distinguished visitors arrived at Gaiziunu Training Range here to view a multinational combat maneuver demonstration as part of exercise Saber Strike 2014, June 17.
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Video: Lithuanian president, dignitaries visit Saber Strike 2014

North Dakota National Guard video report on President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite (in light overcoat in photo at left) and other dignitaries visiting training at Saber Strike 2014 on Distinguished Visitor Day.
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Lithuanian forces video: Distinguished Visitor Day at Saber Strike

Lithuanian forces video of President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite (in light overcoat in photo at left) and other dignitaries listening to an exercise briefing and watching a combat demonstration by multinational forces during Saber Strike Distinguished Visitor Day.
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Pentagon Channel report: Distinguished Visitor Day demonstration

Pentagon Channel report on the combat demonstration by multinational forces for Saber Strike Distinguished Visitor Day.
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Lithuanian citizens get a look at Saber Strike 2014

RUKLA, Lithuania -- Approximately 5,000 members of the local community came out June 15 to see a multinational static display of military equipment and light weaponry here displayed by multinational forces taking part in Saber Strike 14.
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Army, Air National Guard support Saber Strike

RIGA, Latvia -- The Air and Army National Guard come together with allied nations to support Saber Strike 2014.
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A lot goes on behind the scenes to support Saber Strike

ADAZI, Latvia -- This report from the North Dakota National Guard looks at the "mayor cell" for Saber Strike 2014, where Soldiers work behind the scenes 24/7 to support participants in the exercise.
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U.S. Air Force video: 435th Contingency Response Group drops paratroopers, supplies into Saber Strike

Members of the U.S. Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group air drop paratroopers and supplies at Lielvarde air base in Latvia as part of Saber Strike 2014.
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Video: 173rd Airborne Brigade and Lithuanian 'Iron Wolf' brigade prepare for Saber Strike 2014

North Dakota National Guard video of visit by Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig (in right in photo at left) and Sgt. Maj. Arunas Birbalas, sergeant major of the Lithuanian armed forces (in dark camouflage), to Soldiers taking part in exercise Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces video: Offensive and defensive operations

Lithuanian forces video of offensive and defensive operations at Gaiziunu, Lithuania during Saber Strike 2014.

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Lithuanian forces video: Combat engineers prepare for battle

Lithuanian engineers set up fighting positions for field exercise in Latvia during Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces interview with Danish division commander: 'we would very much like to work closer together with our partners'

Lithuania forces interviewed Maj. Gen. Michael Anker Lollesgaard, commander of the Danish division participating in exercise Saber Strike, about the value of multinational training to the future of global security.
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AFN Europe video report: Last checks for field exercise

In Adazi, Latvia, participants from several nations make their final preparations for field training during Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces release: Distinguished Visitor and Media Day to feature allied demonstration

The Public Information Centre of Exercise Saber Strike 2014 in Lithuania is sharing an interview with 1st Lt. Mark Dwyer, he commander of the Stryker platoon of the 56th Cavalry Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard, for over three years. The U.S. officer spoke about the experience of his colleagues, uniqueness of the Strykers, and cooperation with Lithuanian military.
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Lithuanian forces interview with U.S. Stryker officer: 'allies speak the same language'

The Public Information Centre of Exercise Saber Strike 2014 in Lithuania is sharing an interview with 1st Lt. Mark Dwyer, he commander of the Stryker platoon of the 56th Cavalry Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard, for over three years. The U.S. officer spoke about the experience of his colleagues, uniqueness of the Strykers, and cooperation with Lithuanian military.
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AFN Europe video report: Saber Strike field exercise preparation

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers prepare for field training in Lithuania during Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Black Hawks in Lithuania

U.S. Army Europe aviators talk about teamwork and supporting allied and partner training during Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Saber Strike cultural day in Latvia

U.S. Soldiers get to experience a bit of Latvia up close and personal during cultural day in Riga as part of Saber Strike 2014.
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U.S. Army Europe commanding general visits Lithuania during Saber Strike 2014

RUKLA, Lithuania -- U.S. Army Europe's commanding general visited Lithuania June 13 as part of his tour through the Baltic region during the USAREUR-led exercise Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces video: Countering armored forces at Saber Strike

Lithuanian and U.S. Soldiers train side-by-side during Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Digging in at Saber Strike

Lithuanian engineer Soldiers prepare defensive fighting positions as part of training scenarios during Saber Strike 2014.
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Latvian Armed Forces commander visits troops during Saber Strike

ADAZI, Latvia -- Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, the Latvian Armed Forces commander; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen and Latvian Brig. Gen. Anars Ozolins, co-directors of exercise Saber Strike 2014, toured the training site at Camp Adazi Latvian Military Training Center here, June 13.
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Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers train with Lithuanian Land Forces

RUKLA, Lithuania -- Soldiers with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard are training with Lithuanian Land Forces as part of Operation Saber Rattle, a combined training event in support of the U.S. Army Europe-led multinational exericse Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces video: Footage of Saber Strike 2014 situational training

Lithuanian military forces video of Lithuanian and U.S. Soldiers taking parting in situational training at exercise Saber Strike 2014.
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Lithuanian forces video: Footage of assembly area operations during Saber Strike 2014

Lithuanian military forces video of Lithuanian and U.S. Soldiers performing assembly area opertions as part of exercise Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: U.S. Army Europe commander visits Saber Strike 2014

Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of U.S. Army Europe, talks with AFN Europe about the value of combined training during a visit to U.S. and multinational forces taking part in Saber Strike 2014.
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AFN Europe video report: Pennsylvania National Guard, Lithuanian forces join for situational training

Pennsylvania Army National Guard and Lithuanian Soldiers tackle situational training together during Saber Strike 2014.
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Video: Pennsylvanians meet Lithuanians

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Unit and Lithuanian Army prepare to meet at Saber Strike 2014.
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Blog: Soldiers bring firewood to Latvian villages

As I looked upon the group of American soldiers, small children, and members of the local community gathering together on the hill for a final group photo after a long day of hard work in the Latvian countryside, I couldn’t help but feel touched and be energized by what we accomplished together.
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Canadian Army Flickr Album

Approximately 75 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and support staff departed on Exercise SABER STRIKE on June 6. They will join more than 2,000 personnel, including 45 Canadians soldiers already deployed, from 9 other countries participating in this annual exercise held in Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania from June 9 to 21.
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Saber Strike 2014 distinguished visitor, media day announced

ADAZI TRAINING AREA, Latvia – On June 12, 2014, the distinguished visitors and media day for exercise Saber Strike 2014 will take place in Ādaži. It will be attended by Chief of Defense of Latvia, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, and other officials.
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NATO joins Exercise Saber Strike 2014 in Baltics

NATO Allies are participating in Exercise Saber Strike 2014 which is underway in the Baltics. The U.S. led exercise, which kicked off on Monday, 9 June 2014, at the Adazi training area, Latvia, aims to improve joint operational capability and interoperability with regional Allies and Partners.
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Multinational Exercise Saber Strike 2014 formally opens in Lithuania

On June 10 multinational Exercise Saber Strike 2014 was opened at a formal ceremony in the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion in Rukla.
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SbS14: observer coach training focuses on joint and combined interoperability

ADAZI, Latvia -The Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) briefing for the 2014 Saber Strike exercise took place on the opening day of the event at the Adazi military post near Riga, Latvia.
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Saber Strike unites 10 countries

ADAZI TRAINING AREA, Latvia -- Approximately 4,700 service members from ten countries including the United States have come together during a kick-off ceremony for Saber Strike June 9, 2014 at the Adazi training area, Latvia.
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Video: Opening ceremony (with English subtitles)

Video produced by Latvian Military regarding the opening ceremony of Saber Strike 14. Includes interviews from Latvian Minister of Defense, and Maj. Gen. McQueen.
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Military exercise Saber Strike 2014 officially opens

On June 9, there was a solemn opening ceremony of a military exercise "Saber Strike 2014" at Ādaži military camp, which this year coincides with the host-nation exercise "Baltic Host 2014" and naval exercise "BALTOPS 2014".
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Michigan Shadow platoon flight at opening of Saber Strike

The Michigan National Guard Shadow UAV platoon participated with Soldiers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, United States, Great Britan, Finland, Canada, Norway and Denmark in the opening ceremonies for Exercise Saber Strike 14 at Adazi, Latvia on June 9, 2014.
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Video: Saber Strike 2014 opening ceremony

B-roll footage of the opening ceremony of the multinational exercise, Saber Strike.
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Exercise Saber Strike 14 demonstrates international cooperation

ADAZI, Latvia -- U.S. Army Europe and its regional partners in the Baltic region kicked off the joint, combined multinational military exercise Saber Strike 2014 at the Adazi Training Area, June 9. The exercise, scheduled to conclude June 20, spans multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and involves approximately 4,500 personnel from 10 countries.
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Video: 173rd Airborne Brigade and Lithuanian 'Iron Wolf' brigade prepare for Saber Strike 2014

Video report from the Michigan National Guard on U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade preparing for Saber Strike with their Lithuanian counterparts.
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Saber Strike 2013 in the News

Saber Strike 2013 spanned multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and involved approximately 2,000 personnel from 14 countries. The exercise took place June 3-14, 2013.


 

Saber Strike 2012 in the News

Saber Strike 2012 was a U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational exercise that ran June 10- 22, 2012, at multiple training areas in Estonia and Latvia. The exercise, which had approximately 2,000 participants, promoted regional stability and security, strengthened international military partnering and fostered trust while improving interoperability between participating nations. The nations participating in the exercise are the U.S., Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Canada, Finland, France and the United Kingdom.


 

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