Allied Spirit 22, a multinational military exercise involving troops from 15 nations, has concluded in Hohenfels, Germany.

The long-planned exercise was undertaken to improve Nato and key partner readiness across specified warfighting functions. The exercise also facilitated the sharing of strategies, procedures, and tactics across militaries.

A total of approximately 5,200 soldiers from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US participated in the exercise.

It was hosted by the US Army’s overseas combat training centre Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC).

German Brigadier general and commander of the 1st Panzer Division Heico Hübner said: “The preparations for this exercise took more than a year.

“The possibility that Allied Spirit offers us, to plan with the commanders of the brigades and battalions in this multinational configuration, to give orders, to see how we tactically work together, is unique. This is a huge enrichment for the management process at the multinational level.”

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The US contingent included approximately 1,100 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas; the 2nd Squadron, 227th General Support Aviation Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas; and 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment stationed in Ansbach, Germany.

US Army Lieutenant colonel and JMRC’s chief of plans Jason Turner said: “We have four brigades’ worth of combat power here all from different nations with another 5,000 soldiers in the training area, in the mud training together. All different nations, all coming together to fight one fight together.”

Last year, the US Army participated in the Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 exercise in Turkey.