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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
Marines cook their way to the top at Joint Culinary Training Exercise
Courtesy photo.
March 19, 2019 - For the first time, the U.S. Marine Corps was recognized as the Culinary Team of the Year and 293 American Culinary Federation medals were awarded to military chefs at the 44th annual Joint Culinary Training Exercise awards ceremony March 15, at Fort Lee, Va.

U.S. Army Small Arms Championship winners announced
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner with the Army Reserve Careers Division claimed the title as the 2019 All Army Champion at the U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia March 10-16, 2019.  (U.S. Army photo by Michelle Lunato)
March 19, 2019 - The 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships, which is hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, concluded it’s seven-day competition here on March 16 with an awards ceremony.

America's Army Reserve demonstrates readiness at All Army
The Army Reserve Careers Division team led by Sgt. Maj. James Mauer was the highest scoring at the 2019 All Army Small Arms Championship. From left, Sgt. Maj. Mauer, Staff Sgt. Rafael Fuentes, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, Sgt. Joseph Hall, and Sgt. 1st Class  Charles Parker.
March 19, 2019 - America's Army Reserve demonstrates readiness with success at the 2019 All Army Small Arms Championships.

Virginia Military Institute ROTC Leads the Way
March 19, 2019 - VMI's Marshall-New Market Battalion is the only Army ROTC unit in the nation to participate in testing the Army Combat Fitness Test that will soon be required for every soldier in the U.S. Army.

"Red Devil" rock band supports Soldiers in Kuwait
Army Sgt. Christian Bueng, a musician with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, Minnesota National Guard, performs cover songs on March 16, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. U.S. Army Central hosts these types of events to demonstrate its enduring commitment to Soldiers’ health, welfare and morale.
March 19, 2019 - Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, got their opportunity to support service members in theater during St. Patrick’s Day weekend by performing a show at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.