The Norwegian squad finished in first place during the 2016 European Best Sniper Squad Competition, hosted by U.S. Army Europe at 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Oct. 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach)
Dragoons assigned to Archer Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment participate in a live-fire exercise Their M777 Howitzers are staged in anticipation of target acquisition and firing instructions from their forward observers, in support of troopers assigned to 4th Sqdn, 2 CR during their field exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, located near Rose Barracks, Germany.
U.S. paratroopers, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conducting a training mission at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 28, 2017.
U.S. Soldiers and Marines, with Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish and Lithuanian soldiers competing in the European Best Sniper Squad Competition at the 7th Army Training Commandâs, Grafenwoehr training area, Bavaria, Germany, Oct. 23, 2016.
Dragoons assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron conducted chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) training with German soldiers assigned to the 750th Chemical Battalion at Grafenwoehr Training Area located near Rose Barracks, Germany, Mar. 4, 2015.
U.S. Air Force tactical air control party Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing stand by for urban warfare training at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany, on July 16, 2014.
Dragoons assigned to Bull Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment participated in a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area located near Rose Barracks, Germany. Troopers conducted group and tactical movements while attacking an objective assisted by their Strykers and mortar fire during the exercise.
U.S. paratroopers load an M119A2 howitzer to support British army units during exercise Wessex Storm at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, July 28, 2015. The paratroopers are assigned to 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
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.
U.S Army Soldiers, assigned to 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, train with cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s initial officer training center, during a combined arms demonstration at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Mar. 11, 2015.
U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to Legion Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conducts a squad live-fire exercise at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Aug. 25, 2015.