US Army military intelligence soldiers to begin Talon Strike 2019

26 July 2019 (Last Updated July 26th, 2019 15:20)

US Army Guardsmen are set to begin a two-week training event known as Talon Strike 2019 at the Camp Bullis base in Texas.

US Army military intelligence soldiers to begin Talon Strike 2019
Guardsman from the Texas Army National Guard and California National Guard brief Maryland Army National Guard colonel Julie Minde, commander, 58th Military Expeditionary Brigade during a combined arms rehearsal. Credit: Capt. Maria Mengrone.

US Army Guardsmen are set to begin a two-week training event known as Talon Strike 2019 at the Camp Bullis base in Texas.

To be held between 27 July and 10 August, Talon Strike will involve around 500 military intelligence and support staff soldiers.

Guardsmen from Texas, Maryland and California carried out planning and preparation sessions to ensure all requirements are met to start the event.

Talon Strike will involve activities to test and improve the knowledge and skills of the army’s military intelligence (MI) soldiers. The exercise will be implemented by 71st EMIB planners.

The training programme will cover five separate lanes, including, interrogation, human intelligence, military source operation, signal intelligence and a command post exercise lane.

71st EMIB brigade commander colonel Michael Liesmann said: “We are focused on ensuring our soldiers from Maryland, California and Texas receive realistic training and are ready to employ their training and skills for the challenges we have planned during this exercise.”

This command post exercise lane will help prepare guardsmen of the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade of the Maryland Army National Guard for their upcoming deployment.

636th Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha Company commander and Talon Strike 2019 planner captain Amber Luecke said: “We are here to help facilitate the command post-exercise. We are in constant communication with the 58th EMIB as they prepare to travel to Texas to participate in this operation.”

Several units will take part in the exercise, including the 71st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, 636th Military Intelligence Battalion and the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Texas Army National Guard, the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade and 629th Military Intelligence Battalion of the Maryland National Guard.