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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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German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Tests Physical and Mental Strength
The Regional Training Site – Maintenance Fort Indiantown Gap hosted its annual German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition on May 31-June 2. The RTS-M Fort Indiantown Gap falls under the command and control of the 94th Training Division, which supports the 80th Training Command's mission of more than 2,700 instructors providing essential training to Army Reserve, National Guard, and Active Duty Soldiers.
June 19, 2019 - When Maj. Teresa Ruotolo, an Army National Guard Soldier assigned to the 165th Military Police Battalion, signed up for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge test here May 31-June 2, she did not expect the difficulty of the task she had ahead of her.

Redstone reminds battalion’s new leader of her home
Lt. Col. Susan “Andi” Tallman assumed command of the 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion, the Gladiators, in a ceremony Friday. She succeeded Col. Warren Stewart, commander the past two years.
June 19, 2019 - The top-ranked battalion in the Medical Recruiting Brigade has a new commander.

Reinvigorating the Army’s Approach to Command and Control Leading by Mission Command (Part 2)
Battle of Trenton ( July 1975), painting, by Hugh Charles McBarron, Jr. The painting depicts Gen. George Washington leading American revolutionary forces Dec. 25, 1776, in a surprise attack against a Hessian mercenary garrison at Trenton, New Jersey. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Army Center of Military History)
June 19, 2019 - Through the chaos on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944, men with white stripes on the back of their helmets were clearly visible among the most forward troops, shouting orders and leading the way. The scene was reminiscent of Gen. George Washington’s order on Christmas day that every officer put white paper in their hats to distinguish themselves as they prepared to cross the ice-filled Delaware River to attack the British position at Trenton.1 For D-Day, officers and noncommissioned officers had painted those white stripes with the intent that any soldier in the heat of battle would see leaders wherever they looked.

Army Information Environment Kick-off and team selection
Accessions Information Environment-Recruiting
June 19, 2019 - The U.S. Army is implementing the new Army Accessions Information Environment system used by U.S. Army Recruiting Command to process applicants for enlistment.

TRADOC CG emphasizes the importance of Mission Command
U.S. tanks cross the Ludendorff Bridge 7 March 1945 at Remagen, Germany. The bridge was prepared for demolition but was still intact when the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion arrived at its location. Recognizing the importance of the bridge, battalion leaders acted on their own initiative to change their mission and seize it ten minutes before it was scheduled to be blown up by retreating German forces, ultimately enabling six divisions to cross the bridge and continue the attack before it collapsed on 17 March.
June 19, 2019 - Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command has set a near-term priority to emphasizing the importance of Mission Command from AIT to the battlefield.