Swift Response 21 brings the two countries together to improve interoperability and improve tactics for potential real-world dangers. Last month, British soldiers teamed up with the 1-319th Abn. Field Artillery Regiment Soldiers for two weeks at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, strengthening their partnership between the two countries and their soldiers.
Learning American procedures for the basic soldier and the role of an infantryman and improving their overall readiness is essential to improve interoperability.
âI think it helped us tremendously, we learned to jump with American parachutes and for us, in particular, we learned to call in artillery with American cannons,â said British captain Wesley Schorah, of the 7th Parachute Regiment. , Royal mounted artillery. He very much appreciated being able to get to know each other and to build a camaraderie between the soldiers of the two countries.
Over the course of two weeks, British soldiers made two jumps to the United States with the 82nd before loading onto C-17s from Fort Bragg to participate in the joint forced entry earlier this week into Estonia, making three jumps at total and winning their American jumping wings.
Today’s live artillery fire is a validation exercise for soldiers of the 1-319th; proving that if they are activated and called to action, they will be able to support allies and partners when needed.
Units and assets on the ground will call for artillery fire at locations in the target area. 1-319th Soldiers support their movement, while units in the field also conduct training.
âIt was definitely an experience I had never had before. It’s a good training opportunity to have them here with us and I enjoyed talking with them and seeing how they perform compared to us, âsaid U.S. Army Spc. Nic Harrell, a Gunner of the Charlie 1-319th AFAR battery. “And now we’re going to teach them a bit more about our howitzer and its capabilities, and I hope they have a little fun shooting it as well.”
So far, Swift Response 21 has been a memorable exercise starting with coerced entry into aerial assaults and live fire and with a few more days of training there is more to come.
âYeah, I just think the way we Brits have been accommodated in America has been amazing. We couldn’t have asked for more, especially these guys with the 1-319th. From the commander to the soldiers we’re talking to here on the firing line. It’s just good to work in this relationship, âsaid Schorah.
DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale exercise led by the United States military and designed to enhance readiness and interoperability between the United States, NATO allies and partner armed forces. This year, more than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 countries will conduct near-simultaneous operations in more than 30 training areas in more than a dozen countries, from the Baltic States to the strategically important regions of the Balkans and the Black Sea. Follow the latest news and information on DEFENDER-Europe 21, visit www.EuropeAfrica.army.mil/DefenderEurope.
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