Combined Resolve VIII to exercise Army’s European Rotational Force

(U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger)

By Sarah Tate , 17 April 2017

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army’s European Rotational Force will participate in a major exercise alongside NATO allies and partner-nation forces at the Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas in southeastern Germany, April 19 to June 16.

Exercise Combined Resolve VIII will include more than 3,400 participants from 10 nations, including Albania, Finland, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and the United States.

The U.S. rotational force will consist of the Mission Command Element and 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colorado, and the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, from Fort Drum New York. These units are designated as part of the regionally allocated forces for U.S. European Command.

The exercise consists of three phases. The first phase includes a combined arms live-fire exercise on the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The second phase will include a command post exercise and the last phase will then include force-on-force maneuver training at the Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels.

Nearly 1,200 4th Infantry Division Soldiers have relocated from Zagan, Poland to Grafenwoehr, in support of Combined Resolve VIII.

The operations officer for 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Maj. Jon Anderson said, “Participation in this multinational exercise not only demonstrates our ability to freely move an armored brigade around Europe, it provides the best opportunities to train with as many Allies as possible so that we are collectively stronger as a fighting force.”

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