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Romanian troops negotiate through urban terrain during exercise Combined Resolve-V at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. NATO Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stefan Hass – DEU A.
4 NOV 2015
HOHENFELS, GERMANY – Troops from 13 NATO and Partner for Peace nations are taking part in Exercise Combined Resolve-V at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Centre in Hohenfels, Germany, from 7 October until 11 November.
The exercise involves more than 4,600 participants from NATO allies including Albania, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, and the United States, and three partner nations – Georgia, Montenegro and Serbia. This exercise will train participants to function together in a joint, multinational and integrated environment and train U.S. rotational forces to be more flexible, agile, and to better operate alongside our NATO allies.
Exercise Combined Resolve provides opportunity for troops to work with many different nations in one location and learn from one another during the exercise.
“This is a great chance for our unit to train with other nations and share our experiences and tactics and follow the same NATO rules of military decision making process and troop leading procedures,” said 1st Lt. Juan Cilov, 3rd Company, 3rd Mechanized Battalion, 6th Mechanized Brigade, Bulgarian Armed Forces. “This is a great chance for us to integrate with western countries since we have been part of the eastern block for a long time. It is a great opportunity for us to show to everyone that we are a fellow member of the European Union and the western world.”
NATO seeks to increase security through cooperation and building relationships in line with shared values, building mutual security and respecting the rights of individual nations to decide their own futures.
“Romanians are a part of NATO and this is a great opportunity to share from our experience and capture experience from other NATO Nations,” said Staff Sergeant Mircea Bont, 1st Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Romanian Armed Forces. “We get to see how they train in different situations and they see how we train in different situations.
”Over the past two decades, NATO has developed a network of structured partnerships with countries from the Euro-Atlantic area, the Mediterranean and the Gulf region, as well as individual relationships with other partners across the globe. Today, NATO pursues dialogue and practical cooperation with 41 partner countries and engages actively with other international actors and organizations on a wide range of political and security-related issues.
“This is my first time being stationed in Europe – really seeing the NATO forces coming together – it really is a great opportunity,” said Sergeant Tyler Jackson, Observer Controller, JMRC. “I never knew the United States had so many allies in Europe that came together in one exercise and it’s brilliant to see it.”
NATO is committed to the peaceful resolutions of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis-management operations. NATO is capable now, ready for tomorrow, and adapting for the future.
L. J. De Rothschild