2nd CR, Turkish Soldiers exchange knowledge, training practices

Dec. 14, 2011

By Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
U.S. Army Spec. James Brundon from Hawk Company, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, provides a block of instructions on the Engagement Skills Trainer M4/203 Grenade launcher to Turkish Soldiers at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, Dec. 5.

VILSECK, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment hosted a Turkish Land Forces unit here Dec. 2-12 as part of a military to military small unit exchange program.

 “The purpose of the training exchange was to exchange knowledge of force structures, missions, and training practices of the two Armies, with a focus on sharing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism training best practices,” said Maj. Robert Johnston, of USAREUR G3 security cooperation division.

A squad of U.S. Soldiers traveled to the Turkish commando school in Isparta Turkey and a team of Turkish commandos traveled to Vilseck Germany to train with 2nd CR.

The Turkish forces, which consisted of a team commander, demolitions specialist, medic, sniper, machine gunner and assistant, a grenadier and a rifleman, trained at the Grafenwoehr training area in U.S. small unit tasks with Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 2nd CR.

The U.S. Soldiers trained on military mountaineering, tactical raids and ambushes, mines and explosives and finished with a military parade.

During their time in Turkey the Soldiers also had the opportunity to experience Turkish culture during a two-day cultural outing in Antalya.

The exchange was conducted as part of USAREUR’s military to military training intended to share military tactics techniques and procedures and to promote an enduring relationship between partner nations.

“The Turkish Land Forces have an in-depth and long-term knowledge of counter-terrorism, and USAREUR units have knowledge gained through counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Johnston said. “Lastly, events like these tend to strengthen the bonds of military camaraderie and make future events more acceptable to both sides.”

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