US Army paratroopers conduct Exercise Wolfenstein

24 January 2016 (Last Updated January 24th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army paratroopers from 173rd Airborne Brigade and 10th Special Forces Group are conducting a joint signal intelligence training exercise, code-named Wolfenstein.

Armyexercisewolf.jpg

US Army paratroopers from 173rd Airborne Brigade (173rd Abn) and 10th Special Forces Group are conducting a joint signal intelligence training exercise, code-named Wolfenstein.

The 22-day training intends to develop signal intelligence collection techniques, such as low-level voice intercept (LLVI) techniques, of the military intelligence platoon Company D, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and 173rd Abn.

The first week of training involved rifle and pistol shooting ranges, followed by day and night land navigation courses, and patrolling techniques.

US Army multifunction platoon leader 1st lieutenant Shawn Robertson said: "The intent of the exercise is to balance classroom instruction and field training for military intelligence specialists.

"We are also refining the skillsets required of the brigade's signals intelligence analysts and cryptologic linguists to serve as valuable combat enablers on Airborne-qualified LLVI teams."

Expected to conclude on 27 January, the exercise will test the ability of LLVI teams to plan and execute collection operations on short notice as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's Army Contingency Response Force in Europe.

"The intent of the exercise is to balance classroom instruction and field training for military intelligence specialists."

The training will improve the teams' operational readiness and information collection capabilities in a tactical setting.

Multifunction platoon signals intelligence technician chief warrant officer 2 Pedro Torres said: "This type of training affords our paratroopers the unique ability to train with intelligence professionals outside of the brigade in a field setting.

"The experience and perspectives that outside organisations bring to our collective training events is priceless, especially from the special operations side of the house.

"Ultimately, the lessons learned from Exercise Wolfenstein will drastically improve the readiness of our personnel as they continue to train up towards being able to collect unilaterally in a deployed setting."


Image: The US Army, Special Forces personnel undergoing combined training. Photo: courtesy of US Army.