Unified Endeavor wraps up in Grafenwoehr, Germany

Feb. 8, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – U.S. Army Europe exercise Unified Endeavor wrapped up last week in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and V Corps joined with Soldier’s from the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Riley Kan. and elements of Poland’s 15th Mechanized Brigade during the in the exercise.

The purpose of the exercise was multifold. It helped the 173rd ABCT prepare for their mission rehearsal exercise before deploying to Afghanistan later this year. It also helped all training units involved better understand how their communication would work while deployed to Afghanistan.

“The ability to work on NATO communications systems across multiple locations was the important take away from Unified Endeavor,” said exercise Lead Planner Maj. Leevi Macdonald.  “This exercise should help us not only prepare the 173rd for their MRE next month but it will make the next Unified Endeavor better as well.”

All told there were more than 560 Soldiers participating in and supporting the exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command with others operating from either the United States or in Poland working with the mechanized brigade there.

“It’s also important to note that V Corps was able to replicate, during UE, the functions they will fulfill during their rotation into Afghanistan,” Mac Donald said.   “Here during this exercise they replicated the role of Intermediate Joint Command.”

The fact that so many units, working in Europe and in the U.S., come away from the exercise confident in their ability to communicate using NATO communications system and confident in their roles was

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