U.S. Army Europe and coalition forces work together at the Combined Training Conference

November 23, 2011

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

  • OBERAMMERGAU, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling addresses more than 200 U.S. and multinational attendees at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Nov. 16.

    USAREUR Commander addresses multinational audience at Combined Training Conference

    OBERAMMERGAU, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling addresses more than 200 U.S. and multinational attendees at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Nov. 16.

  • U.S. Army Europe's Corey Walter, from the Joint Multinational Simulations Center, assists US and multinational attendees at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, Nov. 16.

    Test driving the program

    U.S. Army Europe's Corey Walter, from the Joint Multinational Simulations Center, assists US and multinational attendees at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, Nov. 16.

  • Maj. Ion Hill (left) from the U.K. Army talks with U.S. Army Maj. Jeremy Wilson and Maj. Steve Brooks (right) at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

    Dialogue

    Maj. Ion Hill (left) from the U.K. Army talks with U.S. Army Maj. Jeremy Wilson and Maj. Steve Brooks (right) at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

  • Italian Army Maj. Thomas Ricci, along with U.S. Army Europe's Sgt. 1st Class Michael Call, plan some upcoming training events.

    Planning upcoming training

    Italian Army Maj. Thomas Ricci, along with U.S. Army Europe's Sgt. 1st Class Michael Call, plan some upcoming training events.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the Columbus, Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion, wait for the next scene to film during the Avengers movie set. The 391st MP Bn., is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Md

    Playing with Virtual Battlespace 2

    U.S. Army Europe's Corey Walter, from the Joint Multinational Simulations Center, assists U.S. and multinational attendees at the Combined Training Conference held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the Columbus, Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion, wait for the next scene to film during the Avengers movie set. The 391st MP Bn., is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Md

    Exercise display at the at the Combined Training Conference

    A poster at the Combined Training Conference at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, highlights major U.S. Army Europe exercises.

HEIDELBERG, Germany – The Combined Training Conference, recently held at the NATO School in Oberammergau, is the biannual conference of military and civilian training managers and planners from U.S. Army in Europe’s area of responsibility. Co-sponsored by the European Command, Joint Force Command Brunnsum and USAREUR, this year’s conference brought more than 250 U.S. and multinational attendees from 37 countries, all looking for ways to increase training opportunities for their soldiers while supporting national and international missions.

“If you think this is just the United States saying come join us…let us show you how it works; what I would suggest to you from my perspective, as the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, is that this is a two-way street,”  said Lt. Gen Mark Hertling. 

During his remarks, Hertling also added that it’s not just how U.S. and multinational soldiers are going to train and exercise together, it’s how they are going to use this forum to connect with each other and to ask the question, “What are the opportunities where we can come together?”

With those words and more, Hertling challenged the attendees of the conference to find ways to train together as they would also deploy together.

“Having recently deployed to Afghanistan, I can see now what USAREUR brings to the training environment because at Kandahar,” said Lt. Col. Mike McCullough, Operations Branch Chief with USAREUR’s Multinational Training Division. “It’s very common to see multinationals everywhere because of the ISAF environment. There’s no other training forum that offers that same type of training opportunity than USAREUR…  and the way we get to that point is by organizing it here at the Combined Training Conference.”

USAREUR planners guided discussions through large-scale briefings and individualized meetings, all to maximize training resources and to understand training needs.  Even smaller countries like Estonia had a chance to participate and schedule training.

Capt. Aron Kalmus from the Estonian Armed Forces came here to look for training opportunities for his country.   “It’s like a store house…. We can pick different products, different capabilities in here and bring them back home, make analysis and afterwards confirm…is that okay and doable in our training and missions,” he said.

“The Combined Training Conference is scheduled for twice a year” McCullough said.  “Last May we scheduled 82 events which trained over 10,000 soldiers. On the first day of this conference, we had 7,000 soldiers signed up and 17 rotations at JMTC currently filled. By the end of this conference, 25 countries signed up more than 17,000 soldiers in a total of 165 training events, doubling the previous conference’s accomplishments.”

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