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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
3D MCDS Now Charged With CENTCOM Medical Mission
Col. Richard Bailey, 3d Medical Command Deployment Support - Forward commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Bennett salute the unit colors after they uncase them during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, July 18, 2019.
July 19, 2019 - The 3d Medical Command Deployment Support - Forward, U.S. Army Reserve, assumed mission authority from the 8th Medical Brigade during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, July 18, 2019. The Forest Park, Ga. based 3d MCDS provides medical support, supply, and oversight to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.

Army Reserve small arms trainer course launched at Fort McCoy
Sgt. Reinaldo Silva of Marysville, Wash., an instructor with Task Force Cold Steel, provides direction to Sgt. Sterling Arneson of the 592nd Ordnance Company in Billings, Mont. on the M-2 qualification range during the Small Arms Trainer Course. The 12-day course focuses on the six individual and crew-served weapons most commonly found within the Army Reserve. Instructors focus on Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction on each weapons system and their associated optics, and ensure students understand the purpose and procedures for maintenance on each.
July 19, 2019 - In keeping with Chief of Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey's vision to shape the U.S. Army Reserve into a more lethal, capable and combat-ready force, the 84th Training Command's Task Force Cold Steel has developed a new weapons proficiency course here.

AMCOM hosts briefings to industry
William Marriott, AMCOM deputy to the commanding general, addresses hundreds of industry partners during Team Redstone’s 2019 Center of Excellence – Advance Planning Briefings to Industry, July 17 and 18. More than 350 industry representatives from 19 states attended this year’s APBI.
July 19, 2019 - The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command hosted Team Redstone’s 2019 Center of Excellence – Advance Planning Briefings to Industry, July 17 and 18.

UV rays dangerous to unprotected eyes
July 19, 2019 - The optometry team at Kenner’s Eagle Eye Clinic has seen many types of ocular injuries resulting from over-exposure to sunlight.

103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducts Farewell Ceremony before Middle East Deployment
Members of the Mission Support Element set up the reception area at the farewell ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) July 7.
July 18, 2019 - Hundreds gathered to bid farewell to 250 Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at a farewell ceremony held at the Lincoln High School Roundhouse July 7, 2019.