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.
Joint Multinational Training Command
U.S. Army Europe's Training Command
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.
The Army Field Support Battalion-Germany conducted the second equipment issue from its newly established European Activity Set to Soldiers from the 2-12th Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
Every realistic training mission needs someone to play the bad guy. Members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, reveled in the task here at the Hohenfels Training Center Nov. 3.
Think of these guys as being the set of eyes and ears for the combat aircraft pilots to deliver their payload. The joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs, are the forward observers who control and call in attack aircraft.
Members of the Danish Royal Guard moved to a new location after receiving indirect fire in one of the furthest corners of what is referred to as "the box" during a training exercise here at Joint Multinational Readiness Center Nov. 4.
The Armenian forces received the order to take the hill. Working with the Serbian army, and with little assistance from an American civil affairs detachment, they did just that.
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, got a first-hand view of training the Army's regionally aligned forces to Europe during a visit here to exercise Combined Resolve III.
Moldovan special forces trained here Oct. 23 with instruction from Bulgarian pilots and guidance from American observers.
U.S. Army tanks from the European Activity Set are riding the rails from Grafenwoehr to the Hohenfels Training Area to participate in exercise 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, October and November, 2014.
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.
Spc. Nicholas Rapcan, a combat engineer with B Company, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, came to Germany in May with his unit to participate in Combined Resolve II.
Georgia, situated just south of Russia in the Caucasus region of Eastern Europe, has taken on a unique role in Combined Resolve II. For the first time, a Georgian commander is leading a battalion of multinational forces during a combat training center rotation here.
In remote Bavaria, the sound of simulated battle echoes. The armies of the U.S. and Romania join forces to train. At the heart of the training lies one of the U.S. Army's most versatile forces.
As part of Combined Resolve II, U.S. Army Europe hosts allies and partners from 14 European countries training for future operations.
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh focused on the implementation of U.S. Army Europe's regionally aligned forces concept while observing Soldiers and NATO and European partners at exercise Combined Resolve II.
As a prelude to exercise Combined Resolve II, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center hosted a Capabilities Day, May 17, as a way of developing technical and tactical interoperability among NATO and partner-nation forces in Europe.
The U.S. Ambassador to Germany, the Honorable John B. Emerson, visited the Hohenfels Training Area yesterday with members of the German Parliament
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, May 1-June 30, 2014.
More than 50 U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M2A3/M3A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles rolled into the Grafenwoehr Training Area this week as the final shipment of the European Activity Set.