Polish and U.S. forces conclude Bagram XI exercise

March 16, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


  • Polish and U.S. forces conclude Bagram XI exercise

    Polish and U.S. soldiers stand in formation at the closing ceremony for the Bagram XI exercise. Bagram XI is a biannual exercise that test and certify that the Polish Task Force White Eagle members are ready for their mission in Afghanistan.

  • Polish and U.S. forces conclude Bagram XI exercise

    Lt. Col. Rachele Smith, the Mannheim Army Health Center and Coleman Troop Medical Center commander, was awarded the Polish Armed Forces Medal (Silver) by Col. Stefan Walowski, the Polish Senior National Representative for Ramstein, December 15.

  • Polish and U.S. forces conclude Bagram XI exercise

    Polish soldiers march at the closing ceremony for the Bagram XI exercise. Bagram XI is a biannual exercise that test and certify that the Polish Task Force White Eagle members are ready for their mission in Afghanistan.

  • Polish and U.S. forces conclude Bagram XI exercise

    Maj Gen Jerzy Biziewski, 2nd Corps Commander of the Polish land Forces, gives a certificate of appreciation to Tom Lash, a Joint Multinational Simulation Center civilian, at the closing ceremonies of the Bagram XI exercise at Kielce, Poland.

KIELCE, Poland --  Polish and U.S. forces concluded months of preparations for deployment to Afghanistan in a closing ceremony for Bagram XI here March 15.

Bagram is a U.S. Army Europe-supported biannual exercise to certify members of the Polish Land Forces and their Illinois National Guard counterparts for their mission in support of the International Security Assistance Force downrange.

 “U.S. Army Europe’s relationship with Poland is probably one of the stronger alliances we have,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of  U.S. Army Europe. “We’ve got a lot of partnerships with European nations, but going back 10 years, what we’ve been doing with the Polish forces has been incredible.

”This is the kind of relationship that’s built over the years, and when you share the kind of training experiences, or you share the kind of things we do in these operations, that’s very important to how you do things in the fight,” Hertling continued.

U.S. Army Europe supported Bagram XI with higher headquarters staff, network and computer simulation support, battlefield management tactics and processes, public affairs assistance, role-players and observer controllers. 

USAREUR was also instrumental in bring key personnel from downrange that provide lessons learned from the current battlefield operations. 

“That’s the value of U.S. Army Europe,” Hertling said. “We’re right next to the partners we’re going to be on the battlefield with.  Eighty-five percent of the nations that makeup ISAF come from Europe. A big contingent of that, 2600, are from the Polish Army and they’ve been with us since 2003.”

For more images from Bagram XI, visit the USAREUR Flickr.com site.


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