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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.
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Building stronger bonds away from home
U.S. Army Reserve family members throw paper airplanes during one of the classes held during a retreat like training called Strong Bonds, Dec. 7. Strong Bonds is a U.S. Army program, designed to increase individual Soldier and family member readiness and resiliency through relationship education and skills training.
Dec. 14, 2018 - The echoes down the hall carry laughter of small children enjoying much-needed time away from their parents. With eager smiles and a small fort created in the center of the room, the little ones have found refuge in the small hotel ballroom.

The Holiday Spirit of Operation Toy Drop Continues
A youth, the grandson of a paratrooper who took part in the first Operation Toy Drop, receives an honorary set of German jump wings Dec 2, 2018 at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C.. It held a special meaning for his family since his father and grandfather, both paratroopers who jumped during Toy Drop, attended this year.
Dec. 14, 2018 - The skies were once again full of paratroopers as the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop kicked off its 21st year. This year’s operation had volunteers from Fayetteville and the surrounding areas, to include family members, friends and community members, collecting, sorting and distributing toys to 13 organizations throughout North Carolina.

22-week Infantry OSUT pilot program trainees graduate at forefront of Soldier Lethality
The pilot class for the 22-week One-Station Unit Training for Infantry Soldiers graduate on Inouye Field at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga., on Dec. 7, 2019. Changes to OSUT are meant to increase Soldier readiness, making them more lethal and proficient before they depart for their first duty assignment.
Dec. 14, 2018 - The pilot class for the 22-week One-Station Unit Training for Infantry Soldiers graduated DEc. 7, 2019, on Inouye Field at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga. The pilot program resulted in significantly fewer Soldiers leaving the class, at graduation less than 6 percent attrition compared to 10 to 12 percent for the 14-week Infantry OSUT.

Making winter warriors
Army Reserve Soldiers practice navigating through snowy terrain during winter warfare training at Fort McCoy Wisconsin, December 8, 2018. Soldiers learn a variety of skills that will keep them alive in extreme environments. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres)
Dec. 13, 2018 - In the extreme cold and snowy terrain of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are taking part in the physically and mentally challenging Cold-Weather Operations Training, which began Dec. 3.

Upholding the humane treatment of all prisoners of war
Koen De Groof, protection delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gives a lecture to approximately 100 U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldiers during a day-long brief at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 1, 2018. The MPs who attended specialize in matters related to detention operations. The training was hosted by the 200th MP Command, with ICRC experts training Soldiers on their history and mission, the importance of the Geneva Convention during war, as well as how those laws are applied in military detention centers around the world. (U.S. Army Reserve courtesy photo)
Dec. 13, 2018 - During any war, military police Soldiers serve on two front lines.