US Army concludes Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 exercise in Turkey
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US Army concludes Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 exercise in Turkey

22 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2021 12:54)

The exercise was cancelled last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

US Army concludes Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 exercise in Turkey
A Turkish Land Forces T-155 Fırtına ‘Storm’ Howitzer fires a round at a simulated target during exercise Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 at the Polatlı Training Area. Credit: Credit: US Army.

The US Army has concluded the Dynamic Front 21 Phase 2 exercise conducted near the Polatli Training Area in Turkey.

This year, more than 30 nations participated in the exercise across five locations in four European countries across.

The locations include Grafenwoehr Training Area and Wiesbaden, Germany; Torun Training Area in Poland; Adazi Training Area in Poland; and Polatli Training Area in Turkey.

US Navy Illinois National Guard 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) battalion commander lieutenant colonel Justin Kramer said: “We accomplished the goals of this exercise and met our training objectives. This primarily included interoperability and communication between fire support platforms with our allies.

“The phenomenal cooperation enacted by our allies enabled sharing of information and best practices throughout the exercise. It was an honour to be the first National Guard unit hosted by Turkey for a Nato exercise and their hospitality went above and beyond.”

The second phase was introduced in this year’s exercise to expand training, reports Daniela Vestal.

Last year, Dynamic Front 20 was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dynamic Front 21 exercise allowed the US, allied and partner nations to train together to increase interoperability, mainly at a tactical level, and develop solutions to address gaps in the theatre fires complex and multi-echelon fires.

Nato Allied Land Command commander lieutenant general Rodger Cloutier said: “This exercise is critical to building the readiness and interoperability amongst Nato allied and partner land forces, and executing a second iteration allows us to expand our scope of training.

“I’m excited to have these forces shooting, moving, and communicating together in Turkey, the host nation of Nato Allied Land Command, for the first time in Dynamic Front history.”