Exercise Saber Junction






WHAT IS SABER JUNCTION?

Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 countries in several locations in Europe. Each year the exercise provides joint and combined multinational training on a large scale, with thousands of U.S. and partner nation forces and hundreds of aircraft spread across Europe synchronized in a single security cooperation effort.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade and Lithuania’s “Iron Wolf” mechanized infantry brigade are the primary partners who will train side by side during the exercise, along with forces from USAREUR’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment and U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard elements.

Saber Junction is the primary venue with which the Army conducts Decisive Action training in Europe. It is structured to build expeditionary capabilities and prepare brigade-level Army and allied units for worldwide contingencies through exercises such as airborne operations and the joint and combined seizure of a notional enemy airfield in Latvia by providing follow-on forces.

The exercise gives Army units an opportunity to collaborate with U.S., NATO and European partners on concepts such as interoperability and decisive and sustainable land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability operations. At the same time it serves as one of the Army’s primary venues for assuring America’s European partners of continued U.S. commitment to NATO, regional security and stability.

STEADFAST JAVELIN II

A portion of Saber Junction has transitioned into a NATO military exercise called Steadfast Javelin II, Sept. 2-8. Steadfast Javelin II will involve vehicles, aircraft and Soldiers from nine different nations and take place across five NATO countries including Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Steadfast Javelin II is designed to dynamically demonstrate NATO’s commitment to its fundamental purpose to safeguard the freedom and security of its members and partners. Steadfast Javelin II will be led by NATO’s Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) and will facilitate the training of more than 2,000 multinational Soldiers in unified land operations and interoperability.

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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

Video produced by SHAPE ACO.
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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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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