Troops prep for multinational exercise Immediate Response in Croatia

April 30, 2012

By Spc. Manda Walters, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Keeping heroes active
Lt. Col. Christopher Keller (middle), commander of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, speaks with Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc (left), Croatian Land Forces commander, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, March 13, 2012. Immediate Response '12 will be hosted in Croatia, beginning May 22. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Gertrud Zach

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The NATO exercise Immediate Response 2012 will be hosted this year in Croatia, and involves forces from that nation as well as from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, and the United States.

The exercise begins May 22, includes approximately 700 multinational soldiers, and is one of five scheduled training exercises supported by Europe's Training Support Activity Europe, or TSAE, this summer. The TSAE regularly exports training aids and devices around the world.

"We bring everything they need for training to the deployed environment," said Paul Lewis, plans and operations specialist for TSAE's Regional Training Support Division Expeditionary, or RTSD-E. "The package can be thought of as 'training support center in a box.'"

A ten-person team from RTSD-E, deploys with 17 40-foot trucks hauling equipment and personnel necessary for an eight-building military operations in urban terrain setup and a fully operational deployed training support center.

Included in the package is DISE, or Deployable Instrumentation Systems Europe, an instrumented training enabler which provides instant, digital three-dimensional feedback of training during the after action review as U.S. Army units and multinational partners train during Immediate Response 2012.

Leading up to the exercise, TSAE participates in the Joint Event Life Cycle planning process, calls on current doctrine and lessons learned from previous exercises, and conducts an extensive analysis in an effort to provide the training aids, devices and simulators that enhance training to world-class standards.

The TSAE identifies, acquires, and sustains training resources to support all echelons of training throughout Europe. TSAE is geographically dispersed throughout Europe at Regional and Training Support Centers in 18 cities and six countries. For more information or to learn more about Europe's unique multinational training mission, visit the JMTC web site.

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