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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.
News from around the U.S. Army
Army gains in readiness are just the beginning, chief of staff says
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley speaks to Soldiers at Qayyarah Airfield West, Iraq, on Dec. 22, 2017. While there has been recent progress in readiness, Milley said that it still remains the Army's top priority.
Jan. 17, 2019 - Full manning at operational units, fewer non-deployable Soldiers, and a boost in training across the Army are all on the horizon to ensure the force is ready to fight, the Army's top officer said Wednesday.

Schofield Barracks Medical Simulation Training Center offers canine first aid training
Spc. Myles Leedahl, center, an animal care specialist assigned to Public Health Activity- Hawaii, Hickam Branch, and Spc. Olamide Fagbohun, right, a combat medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, inject air into an endotracheal tube to provide breathing assistance to a simulated military working dog during the Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Course, at the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 17, 2018.
Jan. 17, 2019 - The Schofield Barracks MSTC is one of only 21 medical simulation training centers Army-wide that provides scenario-based, combat-focused medical simulation training prescribed by U.S. Army doctrine to effectively treat casualties and save lives on the battlefield. In addition, it is the only training center in the state of Hawaii that offers the Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Course.

Keeping Camp Bondsteel up and running
Soldiers line-up for lunch at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Jan.9.  The 405th Army Field Support Brigade provides food and other services through its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program mission at the camp. The 405th AFSB facilitates LOGCAP in Europe and Africa to augment deployed forces and other organizations with sustainment support services.
Jan. 17, 2019 - Col. Grant L. Morris, commander 405th Army Field Support Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. James R. Holmes III, 405th AFSB, conducted a site visit of Camp Bondsteel to gain hands-on insight and customer input on their Logistics Civil Augmentation Program mission in Kosovo, Jan.8-10.

Connections and Camaraderie: 81st Readiness Division builds relationships during Yellow Ribbon Event
Soldiers and their families gathered in the ballroom to kick off the year’s first Yellow Ribbon event at the 81st Readiness Division Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event conducted Jan. 12, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. More than 350 soldiers and family members attended this two-day event designed to help service members and their families prepare for and transition from a deployment. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Maria Henderson, 204th PAD)
Jan. 16, 2019 - More than 350 mobilizing or recently deployed U.S. Army Reserve soldiers and their families gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the 81st Readiness Division Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event Jan 12, 2019.

Virtual battlefield represents future of training
Soldiers prepare to operate training technologies during the Synthetic Training Environment User Assessment in Orlando, Fla., in March 2018. The assessment was part of an approach implemented by Maj. Gen. Maria R. Gervais, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, to put industry prototypes in Soldiers' hands at the beginning of the capability development process. The STE is is designed to provide a cognitive, collective, multi-echelon training and mission rehearsal capability for the operational, institutional and self-development training domains.
Jan. 16, 2019 - A four-man team of Soldiers sits in a nondescript building on Fort Belvoir, Va., each at his own desk, surrounded by three monitors that provide them individual, 3D views of an abandoned city. On screen, they gather at the corner of a crumbling building to meet another team-represented by avatars-who are actually on the ground in a live-training area, a mock-up of the abandoned city. They're all training together, in real time, to prepare for battles in dense urban terrain.