combined resolve ii

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The Cry of the Battle Boar.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II of the Idaho Air National Guard supports Exercise Combined Resolve II at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia. Interoperability training during the exercise promotes security and stability among NATO and European partner nations.

(U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach, 19 MAY 2014.)

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A M1A2 Abrams tank with 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hunts for the enemy in the Hohenfels Training Area during Combined Resolve II, May 29, 2014. The armored vehicles are part of the European Activity Set, a battalion-sized set of equipment pre-positioned on the Grafenwoehr Training Area to outfit and support U.S. Army forces rotating to Europe for training and contingency missions in support of the U.S. European Command. The EAS will be used for the first time by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during exercise Combined Resolve II at the U.S. Armys Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach/Released)

Not trying to hide.

U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division scan for threats atop an M1A2 Abrams tank during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Combined Resolve II is a multinational decisive action training environment exercise occurring at the Joint Multinational Training Commands Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas that involves more than 4,000 participants from 15 partner nations. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare a U.S. led multinational brigade to inter-operate with multiple partner nations and execute unified land operations against a complex threat while improving the combat readiness of all participants.

(U.S. Army photo by Specialist Bryan Rankin, 19 MAY 2014.)

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Training

Special operation forces from Croatia conduct close quarter battle training to prepare for Exercise Combined Resolve II at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 15, 2014. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 13 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia interoperability training during the exercise to promote security and stability among NATO and European partner nations. (U.S. Army photos by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach/Released)

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Special operation forces from Croatia conduct close quarter battle training to prepare for Exercise Combined Resolve II at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 15, 2014. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 13 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia interoperability training during the exercise to promote security and stability among NATO and European partner nations.

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Soldiers from the 1st Austrian Sword COY, 2nd Platoon, operate under the watchful eye of the U.S. Army, Grizzly Team, Observer/Coach- Trainers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at the Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, May 19, 2014.

The Soldiers are participating in Combined Resolve II, a 15 nation ground-forces exercise at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training area that includes more than 4,000 participants from NATO and European partner nations, May 15-Jun. 30, 2014.

Fly By

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nelson A. Walker, assigned to the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron, observes an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, during a live-fire operation as part of Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S.-led combined arms exercise designed to prepare U.S. and European forces for multinational operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Nall, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

Tankbusters head back to Europe.

Airman 1st Class Nelson A. Walker, of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron from Fort Hood, Texas, observes an A10 Thunderbolt II during a live fire exercise as part of Combined Resolve II at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. 

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda Nall, 22 MAY 2014. Article compiled from U.S. European Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Releases, 11 FEB 2015.)

The US Air Force has deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. European Command officials announced yesterday.

About 300 airmen and support equipment are deploying with the A-10s from the 355th Fighter Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

“While in Germany, these aircraft will forward-deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO nations,” said Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, Eucom spokesman. “Units will conduct training alongside our NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.”

Demonstration of Continued Commitment

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command’s and U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s continued commitment to NATO’s collective security and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, officials said.

“The Air Force has been rotating forces as a part of OAR for the past year,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, vice commander of USAFE and Air Forces Africa. “The [theater security package] is another way the Air Force is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner nations that our commitment to European security is a priority.”

The Air Force’s forward presence in Europe provides the support infrastructure needed to increase the current force and build new and deeper partnerships across the continent, Jones added.

The A-10s are the first of several theater security package deployments to Europe, officials said, adding that rotations generally will last six months, depending on mission and Eucom requirements.

Although this deployment is a first in Europe, officials said, the Air Force has been conducting similar theater support rotations in the Pacific region since 2004.