Senior leaders from U.S. Army Europe, partner nations visit Rapid Trident 2011

July 29, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

YAVORIV, Ukraine -- Lt General Mark Hertling, Commander of U.S. Army Europe Tours Exercise Rapid Trident 2011. Rapid Trident is a multi-national airborne operation and field training exercise (FTX) in support of Ukraine’s Annual Program to achieve interoperability with NATO.

YAVORIV, Ukraine – Exercise Rapid Trident 2011 hosted U.S. Army Europe Commander, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, along with the U.S. and United Kingdom Ambassadors to Ukraine and several partner nations land forces commanders July 28.

Their visit included observing a multinational airborne operation and several situational training exercises as well as speaking to the Soldiers participating in the exercise.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m happy with this exercise,” Hertling said. “What does matter is how the Soldiers feel and what they are getting out of it. I spoke with two 173rd ABCT Soldiers earlier and they told me that this is the best exercise they have ever participated in.”

Rapid Trident 2011 is a multinational exercise designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen international military partnering and foster trust while improving interoperability between partner nations. This year, Rapid Trident 2011 includes more than 1,600 forces from Ukraine, the United States, Latvia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovenia, Canada, Georgia, Poland, Serbia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as representatives from NATO, participating.

“This exercise is very important for us as Ukraine is conducting active international peacekeeping activities,” said Col. Gen. Genadii Vorobov, commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “The exercise gives us an opportunity to achieve experience in cooperation with other countries, and to train units to prepare professional personnel to perform tasks in Ukraine and abroad.”