U.S. Soldiers, NATO service members begin key phase of deployment preparation exercise

March 26, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Soldiers and NATO service members begin the key phase of Exercise Unified Endeavor 12-2 and ISAF Training Event 12/1 today at Grafenwoehr, Germany, as they prepare for their upcoming deployments to Afghanistan. 

The exercise, which will last two weeks, is primarily hosted by the U.S. Army Europe at Grafenwoehr’s Joint Multinational Training Command and trains the next headquarters assuming the roles of International Security Assistance Forces, ISAF Joint Command and Regional Command South.

Participating in the training are NATO’s Allied Forces Command Madrid forming the core of the ISAF HQ, USAREUR’s V Corps, EUROCORPS and NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Spain comprising the core of the IJC, and 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga., assuming the role as RC South.  The exercise trains, rehearses and contributes to each of these headquarters assuming their roles in Afghanistan in the coming year. 

While the bulk of the training will take place at the JMTC in Germany, units are participating from Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Lee, Va.; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Stavanger, Norway All together there are 28 countries participating in the UE 12-2 / ISAF Training Event 12/01 exercise.

Training specialists from NATO’s Joint Warfare Center; Joint Staff’s Joint Center for Warfighting and the Army’s Mission Command Training Program oversee and provide feedback on the training.

U.S. Army Europe, working with JMTC’s Joint Multinational Simulation Center, has combined efforts with NATO’s JWC and JCS’s JCW, to develop realistic, challenging training scenarios and architecture providing training in a Realistic Operational Environment with an opportunity to rehearse the mission with an Operational Focus.  Teaming in this effort are the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command and Forces Command, as well as the USAF Air Combat Command.

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

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