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Combined Resolve III

What is Combined Resolve III?

The U.S. Army's European Rotational Force will participate in a major exercise alongside NATO allies and partner-nation forces at the Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas in southeastern Germany, Oct - Nov, 2014.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (Ironhorse), stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, is the brigade combat team designated as the Army's regionally-aligned force for the U.S. European Command. 4th Infantry Division will exercise command and control as the Division Headquarters RAF for EUCOM — the first time an actual division headquarters assigned as the RAF to Europe will participate.

Combined Resolve III is designed to provide the Ironhorse Brigade with multinational training and partnership opportunities that will enhance the flexibility, agility and ability to better operate alongside NATO allies and partners in Europe.

The first phase of Combined Resolve III will include gunnery training at the Army's Grafenwoehr Training Area. The exercise will then move to the Hohenfels Training Area for a combat maneuver training before returning to Grafenwoehr of the culminating multinational, live-fire exercise that will blend virtual, simulated and maneuver forces to replicate a complex combat environment.

European Activity Set

Combined Resolve III will also use the Army's European Activity Set, a group of combat equipment and vehicles pre-positioned at the Grafenwoehr Training Area to outfit and support rotational forces when they arrive in Europe. The set includes the most updated versions of the Army's M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

A day in the life of an infantryman at Combined Resolve III

Somewhere deep in the woods of Bavaria, an old beast wakes up. Its hooves are steel and its body is a fortress. Its head sits upon a swivel, its gaze a stream of rockets. And as its metal gears grind to life, the thing bellows a mighty roar, then charges through the forest.

Combined Resolve II

What is Combined Resolve II?

Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-led, multi-national exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas (Germany), May 15-Jun. 30, 2014. More than 4,000 military members from 15 NATO and European partner nations will focus on maintaining and enhancing interoperability during unified land operations in a decisive action training environment. Participating nations include Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States.

Training the European Rotational Force

Combined Resolve II marks the first major combat training center rotation for the European Rotational Force (ERF). The ERF consists of a combined arms battalion of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (1/1 CD) – the U.S. Army’s brigade combat team Regionally Aligned Force for Europe. 1/1 CD personnel are scheduled to deploy at least twice in 2014 to Europe from their home at Ft. Hood, Texas, to participate in training with allied and partner-nation forces. The 1/1 CD will also serve as the U.S. contingent of the NATO Response Force (NRF). In addition to Combined Resolve, the ERF is also scheduled to participate in NATO-led exercises in France (Rochambeau) and Latvia (Saber Strike).

European Activity Set

Combined Resolve II will also mark the first use of the European Activity Set (EAS). The EAS is a battalion-sized set of U.S. Army vehicles and equipment pre-positioned at the Grafenwoehr Training Area for the use of the European Rotational Force. The EAS includes the most up-to-date equipment in the Army inventory, including the M1A2 Sep v2 Abrams tank and the M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The 1/1 CD combined arms battalion will draw the EAS equipment in Grafenwoehr, and use it for training or contingency operations while deployed as the European Rotational Force. The EAS ensures the ERF can rapidly and efficiently deploy, and ensures U.S. allies and partners are training alongside the full spectrum of U.S. Army systems in Europe.