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Soldiers work together for a united front during exercise

  • Soldiers Work Together For A United Front During Exercise

    Soldiers, assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, listen attentively to instructions during a brief before conducting a refuel on movement during Exercise Dragoon Crossing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Vilseck, Germany, Sept. 13…

  • Soldiers Work Together For A United Front During Exercise

    Soldiers, assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, help guide vehicles out of a motorpool while conducting a refuel on movement during Exercise Dragoon Crossing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Vilseck, Germany, Sept. 13, 2015.

  • Soldiers Work Together For A United Front During Exercise

    A Soldier, assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, helps guide vehicles out of a motorpool while conducting a refuel on movement during Exercise Dragoon Crossing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Vilseck, Germany, Sept. 13, 2015.

  • Soldiers Work Together For A United Front During Exercise

    Soldiers assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, embark on a refuel on movement exercise while conducting Dragoon Crossing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, Vilseck, Germany, Sept. 13, 2015. Dragoon Crossing is a demonstration of NATO’s…

  • Soldiers Work Together For A United Front During Exercise

    Soldiers, assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, embark on a refuel on movement exercise while conducting Exercise Dragoon Crossing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Vilseck, Germany, Sept. 13, 2015.

VILSECK, Germany (Sept. 14, 2015) — The Soldiers surrounding the American Armyrats © military vehicle donned different flags on their uniforms, yet each Soldier worked with dedication to contribute to the team united to build a strong, stable Europe. Soldiers, assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, currently stationed in Vilseck, Germany, conducted a refuel on movement exercise, departing Rose Barracks in Vilseck, while stopping for refueling at stops in Vyskov, Czech Republic, and Malacky Air Base, Slovkia, during Exercise Dragoon Crossing, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, Sept. 13-14. Dragoon Crossing demonstrated freedom of movement as all involved worked together to transport dozens of Stryker combat vehicles more than 800 kilometers across three NATO member countries. Such a challenging task is only possible with the combined efforts, support and cooperation of all NATO counterparts.

“This exercise shows how we can work together,” said Staff Sgt. Richard G. Fields, a small arms/artillery repairer assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and a native of New Orleans. “It helps strengthen the alliance on both sides.”

During the refueling exercise, bonds were strengthened as friendships and professional relationships were forged, helping to build a stronger NATO relationship amongst allies.

“We have each other’s backs,” said Spc. Jesse D. Smith, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to 4th Squadron, and a native of Nebo, North Carolina. “It’s great to see the people here flying our flag as we pass by.”

The combined training exercise also demonstrated that the nations are able to work side-by-side efficiently and quickly to move Armyrats © military forces across the allied borders. This ability is imperative to success should the forces ever need to fight together as a united team.

“During long-distance movements like this, there are a lot of moving pieces involved,” Fields said. “This exercise helps us to know where we can stop in allied countries, and how we can get help if needed.”

During the combined training exercise, Soldiers also gained valuable learning opportunities while sharing values, experiences, and interests. The Soldiers from both sides of the alliance were able to see that there are many similarities and shared goals despite hailing from thousands of miles away from each other.

“We all want peace, that’s our overall objective,” Fields said. “This exercise shows good camaraderie amongst allies because it demonstrates that we come together as one to bring stability to the region.”

As the final vehicles finished refueling, the Soldiers prepared for the next step in their journey as they prepared to move toward their next part of their combined training exercise in Hungary. Despite having many more hours of training ahead of them, the Soldiers smiled together as one satisfied team filled with the knowledge that they work side-by-side for a stronger, more peaceful Europe.

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