Saber Strike 2011 continues with training exercise

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
OCt. 26, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Saber Strike 11, a multinational exercise involving Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and the United States, started into its second week of maneuvers Monday, transitioning to more advanced training aimed at improving interoperability and maintaining military relations between the participating countries.

The training, which began Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 29, includes urban patrol operations, cordon and search, convoy operations, and base defense. All of these tasks are designed to help prepare the participating units for upcoming deployments to International Security Assistance Force.

The U.S. participants in this exercise included elements of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, The 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command headquarters, U.S. Army in Europe headquarters, and other U.S. units.

“It’s good to train with different countries; it will be very interesting” 1st Lt. Jon Kriulins, a platoon commander in the Latvian army said. “I am excited to work with the Americans.”

“The Saber Strike exercise benefits each nation involved by improving interoperability between each nation‘s military, exercising multi-national command and control, improving our joint operational capabilities, and strengthening our regional partnerships,” said U.S. Col. Keith Sledd, Saber Strike 11 exercise co-director. “Each nation reaps significant benefits from (these) cooperative training efforts by improving the abilities of regional partners.”