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Kentucky Army National Guard brings the firepower to Saber Strike 18
Staff Sgt. Christopher Anderson, section chief, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment directs a truck operator during a reloading exercise of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Saber Strike 18 in the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 6, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Alan Prince /released)
June 6, 2018 - "This is a unique opportunity for the unit since this is the first time we have deployed with 100% of our organic elements," stated Capt. Paul Chandler, Alpha Battery commander.

Battle Group Poland hits the water for amphibious training
British soldiers in a Jackal 2A Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation Kit, are transported across a water hazard by their Polish allies in a Polish Army Medium Amphibious Transport at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area on June 5, 2018 as part of their participation in Saber Strike 18. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Robert Douglas/Released.)
June 6, 2018 - Collaborative training with allies is the kind of environment Saber Strike 18 hopes to foster in its eighth iteration.

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Builds Camaraderie Across Borders
U.S. Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fire at a target while conducting the defensive position live fire portion of the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, June 5, 2018. The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is an annual training event designed to give participating nations a dynamic, productive and fun environment in which to foster military partnerships, form Soldier-level relationships, and share tactics, techniques and procedures. The participating nations this year are Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner)
June 6, 2018 - Even across eight nations’ uniforms and six languages, some ideas require no translation like impressive tanks, a friendly competition and the importance of building multinational cooperation.

Army leaders learn by retracing WWII campaign
WWII survivors and local townsfolk from Roynac, France, greet U.S. Soldiers at a privately owned WWII Memorabilia Museum in Roynac as Operation Anvil-Dragoon was discussed May 30, 2018. Anvil-Dragoon was the campaign to take Southern France August 15, 1944. Junior and senior leaders from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, participated in a battle staff ride, which retraced the actual landing spots and troop movements in Southern France, May 27 - 31. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Overson)
June 6, 2018 - f there’s one constant in the Army, it’s learning from success stories and mistakes. Often referred to as ‘lessons learned,’ leaders study what went well and what didn’t go well in various operations. ‘After action reviews’ are often conducted to try to constantly improve missions, and at times, morale.

74 years later, spirit of D-Day lives on
Paratroopers descend upon Sainte-Mère-Église, France, June 3, 2018. The D-Day memorial airdrops involved paratroopers from the U.S. Army and other Allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)
June 6, 2018 - “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: you are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”

Army Reserve Soldiers pave way for 2CR border crossing during Saber Strike 18
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Amador Sanchez, non-commissioned officer in charge of 1172nd Movement Control Team, 446th Transportation Battalion, Grafenwoehr, Germany, inspects a vehicle convoy with 2d Cavalry Regiment near Orzysz, Poland, during exercise Saber Strike 18, June 4. Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led integrated training exercise that helps facilitate cooperation amongst the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and 19 other allied and partner nations, June 3-15 (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Daisy Zimmer, 221st Public Affairs Detachment).
June 6, 2018 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with 1172nd Movement Control Team, 446th Transportation Battalion, Grafenwoehr, Germany, prepared vehicle convoys from 2d Cavalry Regiment for an upcoming border crossing into Lithuania as part of U.S. Army Europe's exercise Saber Strike 18 near Orzysz, Poland, June 4.

7th Mission Support Command arrives in Poland to support Saber Strike 18
Members of the 7th Mission Support Command en route at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 4, to perform the unit's mission in Saber Strike 18, a multi-national exercise in Eastern Europe.
June 6, 2018 - The Army Reserve’s 7th Mission Support Command arrived in Poland, June 4, ready to support a multinational exercise in Eastern Europe.

Team 21 highlights readiness during Rhienland-Pfalz Tag
A Soldier from 5th Quartermaster Company helps young fair goers try on T-11M parachute during live demonstration at the 2018 Rheinland-Pfalz Tag state fair, Worms, Germany June 1.
June 6, 2018 - With Humvees, parachutes, robots, and a simulated K-9 named Hero, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command had something for everyone at this year’s Rheinland-Pfalz Tag state fair in Worms, Germany June 1-3.

Patriot missiles and the Polish Army take the field
Service members from the U.S. Army and the Polish Land Forces walk to the site of the new Patriot missile system for a verbal demonstration of its operation and capabilities near Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, June 4, 2018. Demonstrations and instructions such as these act as a show of force to our allies which instills confidence and dedication to service. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Aaron Good/Released)
June 5, 2018 - Saber Strike 18 is a multinational exercise taking place in the Drawsko Promorskie training area of Poland with the overall intent to strengthen our relationships with allies and bolster our regional defense posture.

Saber Squadron establishes foothold in Poland
Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment conducted a tactical road march over the course of four days and immediately transitioned into screening operations in the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, June 2, 2018.
June 5, 2018 - Outlaw Troop and Palehorse Troop, 4th Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment paved the way for the unit by establishing a foothold and reconnoitering training areas for the regiment’s use during Saber Strike 18, June 2, 2018.