U.S. Army Europe brigades wrapping up multinational training to prepare for upcoming deployments

March 21, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    2nd Lt. Jared Hampson from Anvil Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (second from left), patrols with Bulgarian soldiers role-playing as Afghan National Police personnel, during a training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 15.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    Second Lt. John Dearing from U.S. Army Europe's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Czech army 2nd Lt. Martina Huskova and Capt. Jaroslav Dorko plan a mission March 10. Photo by Spc. Evangelia Grigiss.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team listen to a Bulgarian air crew member explain how to attach a sling load to a Bulgarian Eurocopter AS 532 Cougar helicopter, during a training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 8. Photo by Spc. Tristan Bolden.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    First Lt. Jonathan Newey with U.S. Army Europe's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Jordanian army Maj. Nabeel Abu-Hidib discuss battle plans during the training exercise in Hohenfels, Germany, March 10. Photo by Spc. Evangelia Grigiss.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe's Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team engage enemy combatants at night during the training exercise in Hohenfels, Germany, March 11. Photo by Spc. Julian Turner.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (left) listen to a Bulgarian air crew member explain how to attach a sling load to a Bulgarian Eurocopter AS 532 Cougar helicopter in Grafenwoehr March 8. Photo by Spc. Tristan Bolden.

  • Multinational Mission Rehearsal Exercise prepares U.S. Army Europe units for deployment

    A Soldier with U.S. Army Europe's 3rd Platoon, Dog Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, determines where a mortar was fired from based on the impact crater during a training exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 8. Photo by Sgt. Kirk Evanoff.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and elements of USAREUR’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade will wrap up a Mission Rehearsal Exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 24.

The three-week exercise is a multinational training event designed to help the brigades prepare for their upcoming combat tours in Afghanistan by simulating the environment and events they are likely to encounter while deployed. The training keys on developing combat skills and counterinsurgency tactics.

It also gave U.S. forces a chance to build multinational partnerships, through participation by units from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bulgaria provided the largest number of non-U.S. participants, a group of more than 400 troops who gave their USAREUR colleagues an opportunity to gain greater experience in training and fighting alongside a partner force. Other multinational training events during the MRE included interaction with soldiers from the Czech Republic training to deploy as a Provincial Reconstruction Team that will work with Afghan provincial governments to deliver essential services and development projects, and air assault training involving helicopters  from the 12th CAB and the Bulgarian and German militaries.

One significant event of the MRE was the 173rd’s opportunity to be one of the first Army units to complete predeployment training with some of the Army’s newest equipment designed to provide secure operational power to deployed forces.  As part of the Army's Net Zero Operational Energy program, the 173rd's "Sky Soldiers" learned to operate and maintain multiple hybrid-power management systems such as the new Advanced Medium Mobile Electric Power Source generator and the Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System, a wearable solar power kit that provides power and charges batteries. (Related story)

The Department of Defense officially announced the brigades’ deployments March 15, as part of the upcoming spring rotation of U.S. forces.

For more exercise photos, visit the U.S. Army Europe Flickr page.


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