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Ready to fight anytime, anywhere: Army showcases rapid deployment in European exercise: The Army maintains a high state of readiness across the globe to defend the nation, assure allies, and deter potential adversaries when the need arises. The Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, known as the “Long Knife Squadron,” recently tested this readiness during two rapid deployment drills in Eastern Europe.

Over the course of a week from Dec. 1-7, the Long Knife Squadron quickly moved armored vehicles and other critical equipment over 700 miles by rail from Poland to Latvia. The exercise combined military assets from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and the U.S.

“It’s impressive, the speed at which coordination is made between NATO allies,” said 1st Lt. Kyle Bouchard, a Derry, New Hampshire native and the executive officer for 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment’s “Tomahawk” Troop. “With such a daunting task at hand, everybody was extremely quick to work together to overcome any obstacles along the way.”

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Ready to fight anytime, anywhere: Army showcases rapid deployment in European exercise: The Army maintains a high state of readiness across the globe to defend the nation, assure allies, and deter potential adversaries when the need arises. The Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, known as the “Long Knife Squadron,” recently tested this readiness during two rapid deployment drills in Eastern Europe. Over the course of a week from Dec. 1-7, the Long Knife Squadron quickly moved armored vehicles and other critical equipment over 700 miles by rail from Poland to Latvia. The exercise combined military assets from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and the U.S.”It’s impressive, the speed at which coordination is made between NATO allies,” said 1st Lt. Kyle Bouchard, a Derry, New Hampshire native and the executive officer for 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment’s “Tomahawk” Troop. “With such a daunting task at hand, everybody was extremely quick to work together to overcome any obstacles along the way.”