Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

June 28, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


  • Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe’s 7th Civil Support Command work with the Georgian Soldiers and Georgian government agencies at the Field Operations Center, Paldo, Georgia during Exercise Shared Horizon 12. Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Roy Henry, Georgia Department of Defense

  • Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

    Col. Sandra Alvey (left) 196th Medical Support Unit, and Lt. Col Richard Glass (right), 361st Civil Affairs Brigade listen as a member of the Georgian Military provides an update on the disaster assistance operations at the Field Operations Center, established near Paldo, Georgia for Exercise Shared Horizon 12. Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Roy Henry, Georgia Department of Defense.

  • Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

    Maj. Koba Murusidze and Cpt. Aleksandre Gelashvili of the country of Georgia's Army National Guard identified key points, tracked medical operations, and assigned helicopter landing zones during Shared Horizons 12. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Michael Thompson.

  • Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

    Lt. Col. Richard Glass, 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, 7th Civil Support Command, conducts a simulated interview with synthetic media at the Field Operations Center, Paldo, Georgia. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col Michael Mowes, U.S. Army Europe.

  • Exercise Shared Horizons 12 declared a success

    Two Georgian Soldiers work a disaster response issue during Exercise Shared Horizon 12 at the Field Operations Center in Paldo, Georgia.

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian and U.S. military participants declared the second annual Shared Horizon exercise a resounding success.  This year’s exercise was designed to test the Georgian communications during a national disaster response at two locations.

Lt. Col. David Johnson, State Partnership Program Director, Georgia Air National Guard said, they‘ve “done very well, we’ve added some components to the exercise this year particularly the communications.” He added,” we are trying to understand their communications plan, their alternate plans and rather or not they will work.  We stressed those plans to ensure that they when they really need them they work as they expect them too.”

Shared Horizons 2012, is an “In Spirit of Partnership for Peace” combined bi-lateral humanitarian assistance/response exercise at the Georgian National Guard Training Center in Tbilisi, and a training area in Paldo, country of Georgia. 

The 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, the first Civil Affairs Brigade stationed outside the US and assigned to the 7th Civil Support Command, assisted in this year’s exercise.

Lt. Col. Richard Glass, 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, said, “for the Shared Horizon exercise the scenario was a catastrophic flooding event that affected about a third of the country of Georgia, our role here was to coach, teach, and mentor the Georgian government agencies both in their civilian component and their military component.”

He added, “It is important (to be here) because the country of Georgia is one of the top troop contributing nations to our efforts in Afghanistan through the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) it is important for  country of Georgia, their ministry of defense and their military.”

Lt. Col. Malkhaz Jamureli, Joint Staff of Armed Forces Georgia, summed up the three day exercise,  “This Interagency exercise helps us to improve our interoperability skills that will help us in the future in case of a real natural disaster.”


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