Exercise Saber Junction






WHAT IS SABER JUNCTION 2016?

Saber Junction 16 is U.S. Army Europe's annual combat training center certification exercise designed to evaluate the readiness of one of its two combat brigades to conduct unified land operations (a simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability missions), with an emphasis on tactical interoperability among allied and partner-nation forces. This year the exercise will focus on the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Saber Junction 16 will include nearly 5,000 participants from 16 allied and European partner nations on the Army's Hohenfels Training Area in southeast Germany, March 31-April 24.

In addition to the 173rd, Saber Junction 16 will feature units from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as a variety of enabling units from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in Europe.

Saber Junction 16 will feature a multi-battalion, multi-national airborne jump near Hohenfels, followed by several days of air-land operations on the Hohenfels Training Area's Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) air strip. While Saber Junction will take place primarily in Germany, the exercise's main airborne assault force will stage near the 173rd's homebase of Vicenza, Italy, and depart on aircraft from nearby Aviano Air Base. In addition, several allied units will digitally-connect to the scenario through simulations in Lithuania and Romania.

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OCTs Save Lives After Lightning Strike at JMRC

OCTs Save Lives After Lightning Strike at JMRC

Lightning had struck two Soldiers as they were resupplying their vehicles, leaving them both in critical condition. The OCTs from Grizzly Team had the experience, assets and quick-response skills to get the casualties to paramedics just in time to save their lives.
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94th AW drops humvees, paratroopers over Germany

94th AW drops humvees, paratroopers over Germany

The 94th Airlift Wing supported the exercise from Aviano Air Base, Italy, with two C-130 Hercules that provided personnel air drop and air landings for the 173rd BSB.
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AFN Aviano's Saber Junction 2016

Video: AFN Aviano's Saber Junction 2016

Servicemembers from all over the world are working at Aviano Air Base for the massive, European-wide exercise ‎Saber Junction. This be some serious business.
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U.S., partner nations train during Saber Junction 16

U.S., partner nations train during Saber Junction 16

"Saber Junction 16 is a huge endeavor and a chance for all participating nations to be involved in one of the largest jump exchange exercises ever," said U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Garcia, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion support operations officer. "This is a very impressive group of nations we've formed."
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Saber Junction 16: Armenian Medical Role 2 Training

Video: Armenian Medical Role 2 Training

The Armenian medical team participating in Saber Junction 16 finds lasting success while working side by side with US forces. The experience gained will prepare the Armenians for a NATO & UN evaluation that will enable them to deploy for peace keeping missions.
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Preview of Saber Junction night fire operations

Video: Preview of Saber Junction night fire operations

C Company, British 2 PARA conducts night operations at JMRC during Saber Junction 16.
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Saber Junction 16: U.S., Armenian medical teams train together

Saber Junction 16: U.S., Armenian medical teams train together

Armenia, participating in exercise Saber Junction 16 here, provides the means to conduct a medical joint combat maneuver exercise with the support of the United States Army and Air Force, in preparation for their upcoming NATO and United Nations' certification.
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U.S. and Romanian civil affairs teams support Sky Soldiers during Saber Junction

Video: U.S. and Romanian civil affairs teams support Sky Soldiers during Saber Junction

U.S and Romanian civil affairs specialist support the 173rd Airborne Brigade by engaging key leaders of a local town during exercise ‎Saber Junction 16. Civil affairs specialists identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in combat or crisis situations.
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Sky Soldiers Revive the Lost Art of Analog in a Digital Age

Video: Sky Soldiers Revive the Lost Art of Analog in a Digital Age

173rd Airborne Brigade, along with allies, setup their mission command center in austere conditions. While establishing digital communication is key, the ability to efficiently use analog systems provides a commander versatility and the same accuracy as operating digitally.
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Brigade Engineers Enables Strategic Access at Saber Junction 16

Brigade Engineers Enables Strategic Access at Saber Junction 16

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade embarked on the second day of comprehensive air landing operations during exercise Saber Junction 16 at the Hohenfels Training Area.
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Sky Soldiers, Joint Forcible Entry sets conditions for operations at Saber Junction 16

Sky Soldiers, Joint Forcible Entry sets conditions for operations at Saber Junction 16

The international cohesion behind the airborne operation was as seamless as the landing. The British, Italian, and Polish also participated in the airborne operation.
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Sky Soldiers air land at the STOL strip during Saber Junction 16

Video: Sky Soldiers air land at the STOL strip during Saber Junction 16

Sky Soldiers assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade air land ‎paratroopers and essential equipment at the Short Take Off Landing (STOL) strip at the Hohenfels Training Area during exercise ‎Saber Junction 16.
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Realistic Training Pushes Soldiers' Abilities

Realistic Training Pushes Soldiers' Abilities

Truck engines roar as military drivers gear-up for a night convoy. The sun hides under the horizon as a lone platoon leader assembles her troops for a final safety check.
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JMRC Hohenfels: A unique operating environment

JMRC Hohenfels: A unique operating environment

"This is the laboratory for the Army's new operating concept," said Dr. James Derleth, Senior Interagency Training Advisor for JMRC. "It's a multifaceted environment and it's a dynamic environment."
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Saber Junction's airborne operations use maneuver rights areas

Video: Saber Junction's airborne operations use maneuver rights areas

Nearly 1,000 Soldiers from Italy, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade dropped into a landing zone outside the Hohenfels Training Area as part of exercise Saber Junction 16, using two maneuver rights areas.
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Air-land operations take center stage during Saber Junction 16

Air-land operations take center stage during Saber Junction 16

Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and Airmen from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, out of the Royal Air Force Station in Suffolk, England, secured the Hohenfels Training Area short take-off and landing strip, as part of their certification at Saber Junction 16.
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Opposing Forces Fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle During Saber Junction 16

Opposing Forces Fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle During Saber Junction 16

Sgt. Kyle Head and Spc. Zachary Young from C Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment have been piloting an unmanned aerial vehicle as part of Saber Junction 16. Both play roles as opposing forces, working to thwart Allied and U.S. partner efforts throughout the exercise.
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Sky Soldiers Engineers assess, clear and repair air strip

Video: Sky Soldiers Engineers assess, clear and repair air strip

54th Brigade Engineer Battalion provides the 173rd Airborne Brigade the unique ability to rapidly assess and clear land to facilitate the landing of Air Force aircraft. The engineers are able to turn a pile of dirt into a transportation hub capable of infilling paratroopers and equipment.
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Missouri Guardsmen train overseas for Saber Junction 16

Missouri Guardsmen train overseas for Saber Junction 16

Guardsmen are working alongside active duty Soldiers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Consolidated Maintenance Activity, supporting a large percentage of the Hohenfels Training Center's vehicles and equipment.
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Saber Junction 16 Joint ROC Drill 2016

Video: Saber Junction 16 Joint ROC Drill

173rd Airborne Brigade along with allies and partnered nations conducted a joint rehearsal of concept drill with the US Air Force as they prepared for a joint forcible entry into Hohenfels, in support of Saber Junction 16.
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Empowering Junior Leaders during Saber Junction 16

Empowering Junior Leaders during Saber Junction 16

Artillery fire, jets, and enemy convoys can all be distractions for Soldiers during personnel recovery operations. This is the time for Soldiers to be at their best as leaders. It's the quiet and reserved Soldiers, who one might not necessarily think would want to take initiative, who shine most during these moments.
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1000 Paratroopers Jump Into Egelsee

Video: 1,000 Paratroopers Jump Into Egelsee

Watch as 1,000 paratroopers from Italy, Poland, the U.K., and the U.S. block out the sun in Egelsee, Germany, as part of exercise Saber Junction 16.
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Task Force Bayonet executes a monumental heavy equipment drop

Task Force Bayonet executes a monumental heavy equipment drop

Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in collaboration with NATO allies and partner nations, executed the largest airdrop of heavy equipment since the unit's reactivation in June of 2000, as part of Saber Junction 16.
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173rd Airborne Brigade kicks off Saber Junction 16

Video: 173rd Airborne Brigade kicks off Saber Junction 16

Paratroopers from the 173 Airborne Brigade demonstrate their collective readiness as a brigade and combined task force to deploy personnel and heavy equipment from Aviano, Italy, to Hohenfels, Germany, to conduct a reconnaissance mission.
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Maneuver Rights Discussions

U.S. Army, German authorities partner to facilitate maneuver rights areas events

As a plane flies overhead, hundreds of parachuting Soldiers fill the sky, floating down to land in fields surrounding a rural community in Germany.
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Laser equipment enhances combat training

Video: Laser equipment enhances combat training

The Army first introduced MILES gear in 1980, and the equipment is still being used today. This equipment helps service members during combat training by using a laser system to accurately identify if they or their vehicles have been hit by enemy fire.
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Feeding the Force at Saber Junction 16

Video: Feeding the Force at Saber Junction 16

The Army runs on its stomach, and the food preparations staff at Saber Junction 16 is working hard to feed the entire multinational exercise.
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Regionally Allocated Aviation a key part

Regionally Allocated Aviation a key part of Saber Junction 16

The 3-227th Helicopter Assault Battalion, out of Fort Hood, Texas, currently assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Katterbach, Germany, conducts aviation combat operations in support of Saber Junction 16.
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Sky Soldiers, Allies prepare

Sky Soldiers, Allies conduct combined training in preparation for Saber Junction 16

U.S. Army Paratroopers and nearly 5,000 personnel from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 10 NATO and six European partner nations launched a situational training exercise at the U.S Army Europe's Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
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173rd Airborne Brigade Jumpmasters conduct rehearsals for Saber Junction

Video: 173rd Airborne Brigade Jumpmasters conduct rehearsals for Saber Junction

173rd Airborne Brigade jumpmasters conduct aircraft rehearsals and exiting procedures for the upcoming airborne operation into Hohenfels Training Area for exercise Saber Junction 16.
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Night Ops at Saber Junction 16

Video: Night Ops at Saber Junction 16

A gunner in 173rd’s Alpha Company talks about what kind of training occurs at the Hohenfels Training Area, including a convoy that gets hit by a pretend improvised explosive device and the ensuing medical response and vehicle recovery.
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Sky Soldiers, Romanians bridge communications borders

Sky Soldiers, Romanians bridge communications borders for Saber Junction 16

U.S. Army Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Signal Company integrated with the Romanian 280th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in preparation for Saber Junction 16.
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Saber Junction kicks off

Airborne troops kick off Saber Junction 16 in Germany

This month, nearly 5,000 service members from 16 NATO and European partner nations kicked off exercise Saber Junction 16, held at the U.S. Army Europe's Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany.
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Dirty landings make for clean takeoffs

Video: Dirty landings make for clean takeoffs

U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers with 20th Special Forces Group, Operational Detachment A 2225 worked alongside the Minnesota National Guard and their C-130 aircraft during STOL (short takeoff and landing) air land operations on an improved dirt landing strip during Saber Junction 16.
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Medics on a Mission at Saber Junction 16

Video: Medics on a Mission at Saber Junction 16

Combat medics with Charlie Company of the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), work together to lift a wounded soldier into a tactical vehicle during an emergency evacuation exercise as part of Saber Junction 16, the 173rd Airborne's readiness certification exercise.
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Airborne Operations

U.S. Army to conduct off-post airborne training near Schmidmühlen

Paratroopers from the U.S., United Kingdom and Italy are scheduled to conduct airborne operations and follow-on tactical maneuvers on off-post areas near the Hohenfels Training Areas, April 12.
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Saber Junction 16 to test readiness of U.S. Army Europe's airborne brigade

The 173rd Airborne Brigade will be the focus of U.S. Army Europe's largest combat training center rotation this year during exercise Saber Junction 16 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 31 - April 24.
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The day in the life of a North Dakota public affairs detachment

Spc. Jessica Raasch, of the 116th Public Affairs Detachment, is just one of the all-female, eight-member 116th Public Affairs Detachment covering the exercise Saber Junction 15, which drew nearly 4,700 service members from 17 different NATO allies and pertner nation armies.
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2nd Cavalry Regiment 'walk and shoot' boasts rapid integration

Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment recently conducted an exercise aimed at integrating different-sized units on short notice into a maneuver commander's operation.
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Massachusetts National Guard augments training center at multinational exercise

The National Guard Soldiers are part of exercise Saber Junction 15, augmenting JMRC's full-time force of observers-coaches-trainers, a role that allows them to share their knowledge with leadership from partner countries.
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173rd Airborne Brigade augments trainer staff at multinational exercise

It was no surprise Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade based at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, were recruited to share their knowledge as augmentee Soldiers for Saber Junction 15 at JMRC.
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Whether ground or air: More than land training at Saber Junction 15

Operations at exercise Saber Junction involve helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicle and everything in between.
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1-4 Infantry Battalion a force to be reckoned with

Fast-paced, intense training, unpredictable weather conditions, fluctuating schedules -- all in an unforgiving environment. Just another day for the 1st Battalion of the 4th Infantry Regiment.
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The academic side of war fighting: How the Army resolves differences among multinational partners

Unlike the Army's combat training centers at Fort Irwin and Fort Polk, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center here faces a unique problem: how to turn a multinational force into a capable and unified land force.
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'Dragons' breathe fire at multinational training

The "Dragons" are a group responsible for providing pyrotechnic support for JMRC exercises.
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OCTs: The eyes and ears of multinational training

While Saber Junction takes a massive effort to coordinate and execute, it's the OCTs who are the hands-on, eyes-on managers of the simulated battles.
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For 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Saber Junction 15 offers post-war training in a complex environment

For more than a decade, U.S. military forces trained to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that those wars have ended, training has shifted to broaden the scope of skills among Soldiers, whether it's clearing a minefield or responding to a chemical attack.
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Army Europe senior leaders visit Saber Junction 15

Saber Junction 15 welcomed approximately 20 multinational senior leaders, including Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of Army Europe, here, April 15, as part of a distinguished visitor event to showcase the multinational training event.
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Playing the bad guy at multinational exercise Saber Junction 15

Playing oppositional forces, or OPFOR, the 1-4 Infantry Regiment is working side-by-side with multinational forces in a major training exercise here at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center called Saber Junction 15.
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How the Army provides medical support at a multinational exercise

The U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment serves as the primary support element for the training. Medical support, specifically, is provided by C Troop, Regimental Support Squadron.
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2nd Cavalry Regiment alongside NATO Allies at Saber Junction 15

With 14 NATO countries by its side, the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment recently kicked off Saber Junction 15 here at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany.
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Latvia enhances interoperability at Saber Junction 15

Approximately 40 members of the Latvian Army are participating in Saber Junction 15 to build relationships and increase interoperability with fellow NATO countries and their Allies.
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2nd Cavalry Regiment engineers train to win at Saber Junction 15

Allowing safe movement of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment's infantry squadrons to and through the battlefield takes careful training, refined skills and specialized equipment. That's where the Regimental Engineering Squadron comes in.
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A logistical nightmare: How Saber Junction 15 tests support capabilities

After kicking off the exercise with an early-entry into Romania, the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment has been conducting land operations and serving as the exercise's support element here -- all beneath the watchful eye of what's known as the JMRC's observer controller trainer team.
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Safety on a roll at Saber Junction 15

HOHENFELS, Germany-- There's a lot of preparation that must get done to get training rolling for exercises such as Saber Junction 15. Observer Coach-Trainers from the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center here trained Armenian soldiers how to react to vehicle rollovers to prepare them for maneuvering in the Hohenfels Training Area, April 6.
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A new connection in European training during Exercise Saber Junction 15

SMARDAN, Romania- Over 1000 kilometers separate analysts in Hohenfels, Germany from elements of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and Romania's 300th Battalion soldiers while all being connected through a new digital tracking system used during the airborne assault, March 24, 2015.
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17 nations get lasered up for Saber Junction 15

HOHENFELS, Germany -- More than 4,700 participants from 17 Allied and European partner nations have arrived here for exercise Saber Junction 15. But before most of them do anything, they've got to get their lasers.
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The Evolution of Saber Junction

A look at U.S. Army Europe's Saber Junction exercise series from its beginings in 2011 to its modern, multi-location training event focused on NATO interoperability and global freedom of action for U.S. and Allied forces in Europe.
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Saber Junction 15 kicks off with rapid-deployment and jump into Romania

Romanian Army Lt. Gen. Nicolae Ciuca (left), Chief of General Staff and Col. Michael Foster, commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (right), discuss airborne operations March 24, 2015, during a combined early-entry exercise as part of exercise Saber Junction 15 at Smardan Training Area, Romania. Saber Junction 15 is a large-scale, multinational exercise with 5,000 troops from 18 NATO allies and partners, and takes place across Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Romania.
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Saber Junction 15 to prepare 17 nations in offensive, defensive operations

More than 4,700 participants from 17 nations are participating in exercise Saber Junction 15 at the Army’s Hohenfels Training Areas in southeastern Germany, April 1-30, 2015.
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Video: 10 Nations

End of exercise video for Steadfast Javelin II. Featuring NATO leaders discussing the importance of alliance exercises and the future of NATO. Includes sound bites from Lt. Gen. Edward Grant Martin Davis, Deputy Commander Of NATO Land Forces; Gen. Hans-Lothar Domroese, Commander Of Allied Joint Force Command; Brunssum Raimonds Vejonis, Minister Of Defense, Latvia and Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe.
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Video: Italian Folgore Brigade paratroopers conducting night-time air assault

Night vision b-roll of Italian Folgore Brigade conducting an air assault and U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, with U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawks, a CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apaches from 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Adazi, Latvia during NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II.
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Video: Latvia Steadfast Javelin II Airfield Seizure Nightvision

B-roll of nightvision video of paratroopers from 173rd Airborne Brigade, Royal Canadian Regiment and Italian Folgore Brigade jumping from U.S. Air Force C-130s into Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia. Subsequent landing and offloading of 2nd Cavalry Regiment Strykers from USAF C-17s one hour after airfield seizure.
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Video: Latvia Steadfast Javelin II Airfield Seizure

Thermal vision b-roll of paratroopers from 173rd Airborne Brigade, Royal Canadian Regiment and Italian Folgore Brigade jumping from U.S. Air Force C-130s into Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia.
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NATO airborne exercise follows on heels of Wales summit

LIELVARDE, Latvia - Generals and ambassadors from NATO nations, troops and media gathered to watch U.S., Canadian and Italian paratroopers conduct a night-time joint forcible-entry exercise as part of Steadfast Javelin II late Sept. 5.
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Aircrews deliver on time, target for Steadfast Javelin II

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- More than a dozen C-130 and C-17 aircraft from two continents and six states are providing tactical airlift from the power projection platform known as Ramstein Air Base for Exercise Steadfast Javelin II.
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AMC brings the Strykers

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint, multinational exercise held on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.
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NATO Allies stand side-by-side for Steadfast Javelin II

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Devin Hammilton, Legion Company platoon leader, 1st 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade briefs U.S. Army, Royal Canadian Regiment and Italian Esercito soldiers on the upcoming operations as part of Steadfast Javelin II on Rhein Ordnance Barracks, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014.
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Stryker infantry carrier vehicles convoy across Ramstein's flightline

U.S. Army Stryker infantry carrier vehicles convoy across the flightline during operations in support of Steadfast Javelin II on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014.
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Paratroopers partcipate in static-line training during Steadfast Javelin II

Army Staff Sgt. Tod Barclay, 1-91st Cavalry camanche troop, aids Master Corporal Dave Mitchell, 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment infantry paratrooper, with rigging his parachute during a training aspect a part of Steadfast Javelin II on Ramstien Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014.
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Video: Saber Junction 14

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173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers air assault through mock village during Saber Junction 14

HOHENFELS, Germany - After walking about 3 kilometers through forests, paratroopers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, made their way from the air assault infiltration location and tactically moved on foot through thick vegetation.
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Video: Bulgarian Army at Saber Junction 2014, part I

Bulgarian Army Company conducts maneuvering and assault on the objective as part of 7th Army JMTC Saber Junction 2014 at Hohenfels Training Area
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Video: Bulgarian Army at Saber Junction 2014, part II

Bulgarian Army conducts training exercise as part of 7th Army JMTC Saber Junction 201 at Hohenfels Training Area.
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Video: U.S. Army and Czech Republic Army Training Exercise

U.S Army 16th Sustainment Brigade and Czech Republic army units worked together in multiple training exercises as part of 7th Army JMTC Saber Junction 2014 at Hohenfels Training Area.
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Video: 1 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade clears moc village as part of Saber Junction 2014

Paratroopers from 1/503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade conducted an air infiltration exercise and cleared a moc village at Hohenfels Training Area as part of 7th Army JMTC Saber Junction 2014
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Video: Estonia Army Scout Battalion conduct training exercise at 7th Army JMTC Saber Junction 2014

Estonia Army Scout Battalion conducts training exercise as part of Saber Junction 2014 at Hohenfels Training Area.
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Estonian Soldiers face U.S. opposition forces during Saber Junction 14

HOHENFELS, Germany (Aug. 28, 2014) -- The convoy moved toward the objective, interrupted by indirect fire. Parking the vehicles in a staggered formation along the dirt road, soldiers dismounted and provided security in all directions.
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Video: 7th Army JMRC Saber Junction 2014

Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade conduct reacts to contact exercise at Hohemfels Training Area.
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U.S. Army Europe conducts exercise Saber Junction

WIESBADEN, Germany - Exercise Saber Junction, one of U.S. Army Europe's premier training events, will take place Aug. 25-Sept. 11, at several locations throughout Europe.
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Preparations for oncoming multinational training Saber Junction 2014

July 14, five-day preparation is conducted by representatives of U.S. Army in Europe's (USAREUR) Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC), Germany, for staff personnel of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf in Rukla. The training is also attended by soldiers of USAREUR's 173rd Airborne Brigade.
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Saber Junction 2012

U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

Interagency participation key element in Decisive Action Training Environment

Today's Army doctrine notes that strategic success in current and future operations requires fully integrating the efforts of interagency and multinational partners with the U.S. military in “Unified Land Operations.”
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U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

Spotlight: Decisive Action Training Environment

HOHENFELS, Germany -- Saber Junction 2012, the U.S. Army Europe's premier training event, is a large-scale, joint, multinational, military exercise involving thousands of personnel from 19 different nations and hundreds of military aircraft and vehicles. It is the largest exercise of its kind that U.S. Army Europe has conducted in more than 20 years.
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U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

Saber Junction Soldiers simulate mechanized warfare

HOHENFELS, Germany -- Saber Junction, the largest exercise of its kind that U.S. Army Europe has conducted in 20 years, entered its second phase this week and saw USAREUR's  2nd Cavalry Regiment train its ability to conduct an area defense against a modern armored enemy as part of its Decisive Action Training Environment rotation at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Oct. 25.
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U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

Review of future training areas underway

British Forces News has learned that a review is under way into the future training area needs of the British Army as it prepares to reduce its full-time strength by a fifth. It will consider the long-term future use of the US Army’s Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr facilities in southern Germany.
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U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

VIDEO: Bulgarian President visits exercise Saber Junction; Land Forces Commander awarded Legion of Merit

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander, U.S. Army Europe, hosted Bulgarian President Rosen Asenov Plevneliev, as he observed Bulgarian Special Forces in action and participated in a ceremony at which the Bulgarian Land Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Stefen Vasilev, received the Legion of Merit Award. MORE

U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (foreground) and USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. James Boozer (right of Hertling) accompany the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (right of Boozer), to exercise Saber Junction at Ubungsdorf on Germany's Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

Bulgarian President visits exercise Saber Junction; Land Forces Commander awarded Legion of Merit

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The President of the Republic of Bulgaria visited the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels Training Area to observe Bulgarian Special Forces training during exercise Saber Junction, Oct 19. MORE

Elements of U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment enter the village Schalkenthan, near Grafenwoehr, Germany, during Saber Junction 2012, Oct. 15, 2012. Saber Junction trains U.S. personnel and 1,800 multinational partners from 18 nations.

'Saber Junction' tests U.S., partners' interoperability

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- At the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, and on more than 1,300 square miles in between them, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is engaging a complex enemy in the exercise dubbed Saber Junction. MORE

Saber Junction is the 2nd Decisive Action Training Environment exercise in Europe and the first to feature the Stryker-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

Former Sergeant Major of the Army visits 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Hours before starting the Decisive Action Training Event rotation, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment was visited by Sgt. Maj. of the Army (Ret.) Kenneth O. Preston Oct. 12 at the Vilseck Army Airfield, Germany. MORE

Saber Junction is the 2nd Decisive Action Training Environment exercise in Europe and the first to feature the Stryker-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

VIDEO: Saber Junction 2012

Saber Junction is the 2nd Decisive Action Training Environment exercise in Europe and the first to feature the Stryker-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment. MORE

Saber Junction reflects post-Afghanistan training model

Saber Junction reflects post-Afghanistan training model

An exercise under way in Germany – the largest in more than two decades in terms of the training area committed, the scope of operations and the number of participants – is providing a template for the way U.S. ground forces will incorporate the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan as they train for future operations. MORE

During the U.S. Army in Europe’s exercise Saber Junction spanning the month of October, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers and their international counterparts will engage the battle-hardened opposing force provided by Joint Multinational Readiness Center. MORE

PHOTOS: Part II - From REFORGER to Saber Junction… A look at Army in Europe: past and present

During the U.S. Army in Europe’s exercise Saber Junction spanning the month of October, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers and their international counterparts will engage the battle-hardened opposing force provided by Joint Multinational Readiness Center. MORE

U.S. Army Europe's Saber Junction 2012 provides the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and international Soldiers the ability to train in a sophisticated, complex and real-time battle environment among Bavarian hillside, which is reminiscent of Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER), an exercise that spanned almost 40 years. MORE

PHOTOS: From REFORGER to Saber Junction… A look at Army in Europe: past and present

U.S. Army Europe's Saber Junction 2012 provides the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and international Soldiers the ability to train in a sophisticated, complex and real-time battle environment among Bavarian hillside, which is reminiscent of Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER), an exercise that spanned almost 40 years. MORE

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VIDEO: Maneuver Rights Areas

U.S. Army Europe's Saber Junction exercise is the 2nd Decisive Action Training Environment rotation to take place in Europe and the first to include the expanded Maneuver Rights Areas adjacent to the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas in northeastern Bavaria. MORE

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Flying bruised bananas during Saber Junction
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Luftlandeübung ist ein Spektakel
Mittelbayerische Zeitung; 04/12/2016



Dropzone Oberpfalz
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; 04/12/2016



Saber Junction 16: Invasion der Fallschirmspringer
Bayerischer Rundfunk; 04/12/2016



Saber Junction: Soldaten regnen vom Hohenfelser Himmel
Nordbayerischer Nachrichtung; 04/12/2016



Übung von ausländischen soldaten Oberpfalz knapp 1000 fallshirmsspringer am himmel
Münchner Abendzeitung; 04/12/2016



Schmidmühlen: Luftlandeubung der US-Army
Oberpfalz TV; 04/12/2016



Weniger Verletzte als erwartet
Bayerischer Rundfunk Online; 04/12/2016



Landung der Himmelssoldaten
Der Neu Tag; 04/12/2016



Images of the Day
The Irish Times; 04/12/2016



Luftlandeübung ist keine Vorführung
Mittelbayerische Zeitung; 04/11/2016



Strategic Airlift Capability to Support Exercise Saber Junction 16
Strategic Airlift Capability; 04/08/2016



Saber Junction exercise to focus on integrating special and conventional forces
Stars and Stripes; 04/07/2016



Saber Junction air assault to utilize German lands
Stars and Stripes; 04/06/2016



Armenian Armed Forces subdivision to attend ‘Saber Junction 16’ multinational exercises
ArmenPress; 03/30/2016


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