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 2,000 personnel from 14 countries.

In addition to major contingents from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Saber Strike 2013 includes participation from Finland, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE), U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), the U.S. Army and Air National Guard, U.S. Army Cadet Command and observers from Norway and Sweden.

The exercise trains participants on command and control as well as interoperability with regional partners and is comprised of a brigade-level command post exercise and computer assisted exercise, as well as company-level field and situational training exercises. It also features the integration of U.S. close air support with partner nation ground forces and the demonstration of U.S. Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) capability.

This theater security cooperation exercise provides commanders and their staffs practical experience in organizing, controlling and supporting coalition operations and allows the United States, NATO and participating nations to demonstrate their own unique roles in contributing to regional and global stability by strengthening international military partnerships, enhancing multinational interoperability and preparing participants for worldwide contingency operations.

Saber Strike 2013 Participants

Lithuania is the host nation for this year’s Saber Strike exercise, and is participating with a large contingent in both the command post exercise and the field training exercise portions. The armed forces of both Latvia and Estonia are also major exercise contributors with large formations participating in all aspects of the exercise.

Units from U.S. Army Europe include the headquarters’ Contingency Command Post, Joint Multinational Training Command, Joint Multinational Simulation Center, Observer Coach Trainers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, 5th Signal Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 18th Engineer Brigade and 234th Engineer Detachment.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe are providing Joint Tactical Air Controllers, a Contingency Response Group and the demonstration of EMEDS capabilities with units from Aviano airbase in Italy, Ramstein airbase in Germany and a contingent from Camp Bullis, Texas.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard is participating in both the command post exercise with a command and control element and the field training exercise with a platoon of light Infantry, and cadets from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

The Maryland Air National Guard is providing A-10 close air support aircraft and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard is supporting with KC-135 aerial refuelers.

Saber Strike 2013 in the News

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Saber Strike 2013 a demonstration of multinational partnership in the Baltics

Saber Strike 2013 concluded June 13 as training locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia held closing ceremonies to commemorate two weeks of multinational exercises in the Baltics.
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Closing ceremony in Latvia

AFN reports on the closing ceremony for the field-training portion of Saber Strike 2013 in Adazi, Latvia.
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44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion provides communications for Saber Strike

PABRADE, Lithuania -- U.S. Army Europe's Contingency Command Post owes a large portion of its success in exercise Saber Strike to the Soldiers of 5th Signal Command's Charlie Company, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion who provided communications support to the CCP for the mulinational, multiservice exercise.
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Saber Strike field-training exercise

American Forces Network-Europe covers the culminating event of the tactical portion of Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia. Watch footage of soldiers from five nations come together as a unified force to conduct an attack.
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This ain't laser tag

AFN reports on the Deployable Instrumentation System Europe, which synchronizes and tracks data on all the weapons and soldiers on the battlefield to create a realistic training environment and provide comprehensive feedback.
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Saber Strike battalion attack

Watch footage courtesy of Latvian Defense News of Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, U.S. and U.K. troops conducting a large scale attack June 11 in Adazi, Latvia, as part of Exercise Saber Strike.
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Multinational Corps Northeast in Tapa

American Forces Network Europe reports on the deployment of NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast to Tapa, Estonia, to participate in Saber Strike 2013.
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ROTC cadets participate in Saber Strike

A contingent of ROTC cadets from universities across the United States participated in Exercise Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia, as part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Program.
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Saber Strike ambush lane

American Forces Network Europe reports on the ambush lane that companies from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the U.S. and the U.K. went through at Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia.
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Lithuanian and U.S. soldiers in the field

Latvian Defense News covers the combined attack by Lithuanian and Pennsylvania National Guardsmen during the culminating events of the field-training portion of Exercise Saber Strike 2013 in Adazi, Latvia.
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Maj. Gen. Elmo interview

U.S. Army Europe Deputy Chief of Staff for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs and Saber Strike 2013 exercise co-director Maj. Gen. David Elmo discusses the importance of Saber Strike.
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Joint planning at Saber Strike

Multinational Corps Northeast uses Exercise Saber Strike 2013 to refine its joint planning division at Tapa, Estonia.
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Col. Liberts: This exercise provides a unique experience to all the participants

Latvian Defense News conducted a print interview with Latvian Col. Martins Liberts, director of the field-training portion of Saber Strike 2013 at Adazi Training Area, Latvia.
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Battalion-level attack at Saber Strike

Watch footage of the combined attack by troops from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the U.S. and the U.K., June 11 at Adazi, Latvia. After a week of situational training, the companies have formed a multinational battalion to conduct several days of continuous operations against a determined opposing force.
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The Estonian 'Patria Pasi' SISU XA-188

Learn more about the Estonian armored-personnel carriers supporting infantry operations in the field at Saber Strike in this video filmed by Latvian Defense News.
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The Support Behind the Exercise

A look behind the scenes at Multinational Corps-Northeast's Command Support Brigade's role at the Corps' command-post exercise in Tapa, Estonia.
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Expeditionary Medical Support

American Forces Network-Europe reports on the U.S. Air Force's demonstration of its Expeditionary Medical Support capability at Pabrade, Lithuania, during Saber Strike 2013.
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Generals, diplomats visit Saber Strike to observe training

American Forces Network-Europe reports on the Distinguished Visitor's Day held at Adazi Training Area, Latvia, June 7.
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Current Ops: Staying Aware

NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast begins Command Post Exercise in Tapa, Estonia as part of Saber Strike.
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Lithuanian Maj. Gen. Almantas Leika

Saber Strike co-Director Maj. Gen. Leika gives his thoughts on the importance of Saber Strike while visiting field-training in Adazi June 7.
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Lithuanian and U.S. troops establish a defense

Forces Network-Europe reports on Lithuanian and U.S. Soldiers working together to conduct a defense during training at Saber Strike.
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Estonian and British troops on the attack

Watch footage of a combined force of Estonian and British soldiers conducting an attack during Exercise Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia.
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Interview with Lt. Gen. Campbell

U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell speaks to American Forces Network Europe at Adazi, Latvia while visiting Saber Strike.
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NATO Multinational Corps Northeast arrives in Tapa, Estonia

Watch footage of NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast move from Poland to Estonia to set up their command post as part of Saber Strike 2013.
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Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the defense

American Forces Network-Europe covers the National Guardsmen from 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, as they conduct a defensive operation in Adazi, Latvia during Saber Strike 2013.
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USAREUR CG visits Saber Strike 2013 situational training exercise in Latvia

ADAZI, Latvia -- U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell concluded his visit to Exercise Saber Strike 2013 here, June 6.
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Lithuanian and U.S. company conduct offensive operations

Latvian Defense News airs footage of a company of Lithuanian Grand Dutchess Birute infantry augmented with a platoon from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard conducting an attack June 6 at the Adazi Training Area in Latvia.
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U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Visits Saber Strike

American Forces Network-Europe reports on Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell's visit to Adazi Training Area, Latvia June 6.
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Latvian National Guard conducts attack

The Latvian National Guard conducts the attack lane at Saber Strike June 6. The lane was set up and run by the Estonian army, and this video is courtesy of the Estonian Ministry of Defense (Estonian language only)
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Multinational JTACs add to Saber Strike realism

American Forces Network-Europe reports on the training conducted by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from four nations to improve their interoperability and bring close-air support in to enhance maneuver training at Adazi Training Area, Latvia.
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Latvian Army conducts attack lane at Saber Strike

American Forces Network Europe covers the Latvian Army contingent at Saber Strikes movement through the attack lane at Adazi Training Area, Latvia.
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Lithuanian president visits Saber Strike 2013

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- President Dalia Grybauskaitė watched the international military exercise "Saber Strike 2013" at the Pabradė Training Area June 5.
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Integration of JTACs into Saber Strike

Watch Latvian Defense News footage of U.S. Air Force A-10 "Warthogs" striking targets at the Adazi Training Area through close coordination with Latvian, Lithuanina, Estonian and U.S. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.
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Latvian National Guard conducts ambush lane

ADAZI, Latvia -- The EU Battlegroup of the 2nd National Guard battalion was tasked to set up an ambush within their area of responsibility to attack the adversary engineer unit and create the safe passage.
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Latvian National Guard ambush video

Latvian Defense News compiles footage of the Latvian 2nd National Guard Battalion conducting an ambush at Adazi Training Area during Exercise Saber Strike 2013.
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The Royal Welsh at Saber Strike

British soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh conduct a situational-training exercise June 4 alongside their Estonian counterparts at Exercise Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia. The unit is participating in the two-week field-training portion of the multinational exercise.
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Saber Strike field training begins in Adazi, Latvia

Latvian Defense News reports on the beginning of the field-training portion of Saber Strike 2013 at the Adazi Training Area in Latvia. The piece includes footage of the opening ceremony and interviews with officers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the U.S. and Germany on the importance of the training.
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U.S. Soldiers settle into Saber Strike 2013

Latvian Defense News conducts an interview with a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldier and a Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet on the living conditions and initial impressions of Latvia at the start of Saber Strike 2013.
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Multinational Corps Northeast begins Saber Strike 2013 in Estonia

TAPA, Estonia -- NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast began their portion of Exercise Saber Strike 2013 June 3 with an opening ceremony. MNC-NE headquarters will participate in a command post exercise in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Europe Contingency Command Post in Pabrade, Lithuania during a simulated scenario.
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Latvian interview with Adazi Saber Strike field-training exercise commander (English subtitles)

Latvian Col. Martins Liberts explains the significance of the multinational field training portion of Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia. (Video courtesy of Latvian Ministry of Defense)
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Opening ceremony in Adazi, Latvia

American Forces Network-Europe reports on the opening ceremony for Exercise Saber Strike 2013 held June 3 in Adazi, Latvia. Adazi Training Area is the location for the field-training portion of this year's exercise, with forces from the U.S., Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the U.K. participating.
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Command Post Exercise begins set up in Pabrade

American Forces Network-Europe reports on the establishment of the U.S. Army Europe Contingency Command Post in Pabrade, Lithuania. The USAREUR CCP will conduct a command-post exercise as part of Exercise Saber Strike 2013.
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Saber Strike 2013 demonstrates international cooperation

ADAZI, Latvia -- U.S. Army Europe and its regional partners in the Baltic began exercise “Saber Strike,” a multi-national military exercise scheduled for June 3- 14. The exercise spans multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and involves approximately 2,000 personnel from 14 countries.
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Latvian interview with U.S. Army Europe about Saber Strike

U.S. Army Europe's Col. Bill Williams talks with Latvian military representatives about Saber Strike and its value to America and its partners in regional and global security. Read the full interview on Latvia's Ministry of Defence website.
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Exercise Saber Strike 2012 officially kicks off

Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from eight nations stand in formation watching three U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog aircraft perform a flyover during the opening ceremony for Exercise Saber Strike 2012 at Camp Adazi, Latvia, June 10. Saber Strike 2012 is a U.S. Army Europe-led theater security cooperation exercise conducted in the Baltic States to improve NATO interoperability and strengthen the relationships among military forces of the U.S., Baltic nations and other participating countries.
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Commander of Estonian Defense Forces opens Exercise Saber Strike

Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from eight nations stand in formation watching three U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog aircraft perform a flyover during the opening ceremony for Exercise Saber Strike 2012 at Camp Adazi, Latvia, June 10. Saber Strike 2012 is a U.S. Army Europe-led theater security cooperation exercise conducted in the Baltic States to improve NATO interoperability and strengthen the relationships among military forces of the U.S., Baltic nations and other participating countries.
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Multinational forces at Saber strike 2012 complete situational training, move on to field training exercise

CAMP ADAZI, Latvia -- A squad of Latvian soldiers lays down small-arms fire while a Stryker fighting vehicle from the Pennsylvania National Guard works into position, overwatched by troopss from the 31 Canadian Brigade Group and supported by mortar fire from the U.S. Marine Corps' 4th Marine Division and A10s from the Michigan Air National Guard. Missions involving such varied multinational forces have been standard operating procedure at the Situational Training Exercise portion of exercise Saber Strike 12 here, June 11-15.
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Estonia's prime minister visits U.S. Army Europe-led multinational exercise Saber Strike 2012

AMARI AIR BASE, Estonia - Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip visited Airmen from the Michigan Air National Guard who were operating fighter and aerial refueling aircraft at the Amari Air Base in Estonia during Saber Strike 2012, an exercise based in Estonia and Latvia aimed at building partnership between the host nations and visiting forces from six different countries. The exercise was coordinated by U.S. Army Europe.
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Multinational, multiservice planning at the core of exercise Saber Strike 2012

TAPA, Estonia - Representatives from Estonia, the United States, Canada, and Great Britain have gathered at the Tapa Training facility to build, design and execute an exercise pushing the limits and raising the capabilities of the participating nations' leadership through war game simulation as part of Saber Strike 2012.
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21st Theater Sustainment Command supports multinational, multiservice exercise

CAMP ADAZI, Latvia --Providing the wide variety of expert and professional logistic support needed to meet the demands of a Field Training Exercise with about 1300 participating soldiers from five different partner nations seems a daunting task indeed. The 21st Theater Sustainment Command deployed much of its 21st Special Troops Battalion and several other subordinate units to Camp Adazi, Latvia to run the mayor cell for Saber Strike 2012, accomplishing that formidable task.
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