Military personnel from the US and German armies are conducting a bilateral training exercise in Germany, as part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR).
Code-named Operation Freedom Shock, the exercise involves participation from soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armour Regiment, 1st Armour Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and the German 2nd Mechanized Battalion, and aims to increase training interoperability readiness between the two armoured forces.
Prior to the deployment readiness exercise, soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armour Regiment (3-69 AR) moved vehicles from their staging area on Camp Aachen to the railhead on Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
The exercise demonstrates the US Army’s freedom of movement throughout Eastern Europe by displaying its ability to deploy its forces any time and any place and to simultaneously gain interoperability with host nation forces.
Company A 3-69 AR commander, captain Eric Flynn said: "We don’t know where the next major incident is going to happen.
"We need to be able to test the systems and processes to make sure that when it does come, we’re not learning for the first time.
"We actually have tested the systems and we understand what we need to do to push that combat power where we need to be."
The final part of the exercise, which is scheduled to conclude on 28 April, will be conducted at the German Army Combat Training Centre in Letzlingen, Germany.
Comprised of unannounced deployment readiness exercises, telephonic phone alerts, and musters, Operation Freedom Shock is the US Army Europe’s commanding general’s (CG) programme for commanders to train, evaluate and sustain the command’s readiness.
The programme enables commanders to train, mobilise and deploy their units at a moment’s notice anywhere in the European area of operations in support of the CG’s Strong Europe construct.
Image: A US soldier guides a Bradley fighting vehicle onto a flat car at the railhead in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Photo: courtesy of Sgt. Uriah Walker.