Immediate Response 2013: USAREUR participates in Croatian-based CPX

August 19, 2013

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Yesterday marked the beginning of the “active phase” of Immediate Response 2013, a multinational, computer-assisted command post exercise focusing on brigade and battalion operations.

In its third year, the exercise aims to build upon the lessons learned from previous exercises. Participating countries bring particular military knowledge and tactical skills, enhancing the capabilities of one another, allowing the training to be modified for the following year.

“This command post exercise focuses on sustaining critical objectives such as NATO interoperability and regional cooperation- capabilities that have been collectively developed over years of coalition participation,” said Exercise Co-director Col. Andrew Heppelmann.

Held at the Croatian Army Simulation Center, the USAREUR-led training affords a unique opportunity to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capacity and fostering trust in regional partners.

Along with Croatia and the U.S., this year’s exercise includes staff elements from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Great Britain, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The Hawaii Army National Guard provides Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Joint Force Headquarters portraying an infantry division headquarters.

Also participating as a training audience is the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. The exercise closing ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 30.

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