173rd ABCT Arrives in Grafenwoehr for Unified Endeavor

Jan. 24, 2012

By Staff Sgt. Bruce C. Cobbeldick, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

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Sky Soldiers from the  4-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, one of the six battalions within the Area of Operation of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, have had extensive experience partnering with Afghan National Security Forces in order to provide security and stability for Afghan citizens.

GRAFENWOEHR,  Germany -- Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team arrived at Grafenwoehr,  Germany, this week, prepared for realistic training at one of the Army’s premiere training posts, putting its Paratroopers through their paces, as they focus on learning side-by-side with their higher headquarters, 1st Infantry Division for Unified Endeavor.

“We want our Soldiers leaving Grafenwoehr able to work seamlessly with our higher headquarters and prepared to continue the work that Task Force Bulldog has done, discouraging the bad guys – the Afghan government’s enemies, who stand in the way of peace and prosperity,” said Army Col. Andrew Rohling, commanding officer of the 173rd ABCT.

“Our Soldiers will get important experience and learn to operate with our counterparts from our higher headquarters.  We look forward to making substantial contributions to Operation Enduring Freedom 12, a historical mission, where the importance of partnering effectively with our Coalition partners and Afghan counterparts has never been greater.”

Rohling said, “one of the most important objectives for the brigade staff participating in this exercise will be understanding how an effective battle staff operates.”
Rohling said that Unified Endeavor exercise has brought together the right people, processes and technology to test his team and give them the opportunity to multi-task and react to the challenges that await them in Afghanistan.

Rohling continued.

“This brigade understands that the people of Afghanistan and their government will be looking to us to assist them as they bear down on the enemies of Afghanistan in order to restore peace and security, and the training we are receiving here in Grafenwoehr is an important destination on our road to war.”

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