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Dynamic battlefront: Fighting styles unite to test various warfighting capabilities at Noble Partner

 

Anyone who’s ever played a game of chess knows what it takes to win a match: patience, concentration and a bit of foresight. Knowing the pieces’ capabilities and limitations for maximum effectiveness is crucial to checkmate the opponent’s king. Simply put, it takes skill.

Skill is exactly what Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment and 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment demonstrated during a combined arms live fire exercise during Noble Partner 18 on August 12 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia.

Instead of rolling in with rooks, bishops and knights, they brought Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M1A2 Abrams battle tanks, Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and AH-64 Apache helicopters.

The training exercise’s goal was to deploy a variety of firepower simultaneously and have a dynamic presence on the battlefield. The units involved practiced interoperability, not only between each other, but also with a platoon of Georgian army BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles with the 4th Mechanized Brigade.

“That’s what the Army is all about: bringing all the warfighting functions to fight and win our nation’s wars,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Aron Alexander, the battalion sergeant major with 2-5 CAV. “It’s a great opportunity to test all of our capabilities in terms of being expeditionary and being able to partner with other units located within U.S. Army Europe and [with] multinational partners.”

Other than pop-up targets, weather proved to be an additional challenge for all the leaders involved in the exercise. Rain covered the range on the days prior, and the strengths of every moving piece on the battlefield had to be considered during mission planning. Read more

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Dynamic battlefront: Fighting styles unite to test various warfighting capabilities at Noble Partner

Dynamic battlefront: Fighting styles unite to test various warfighting capabilities at Noble Partner