June 17, 2012
Valdis Dombrovskis, prime minister of Latvia, sits at the controls of a KC-135 Stratotanker, June 17, 2012. With the prime minister is Capt. Mark Vaught of the Michigan Air National Guard. The MI-ANG was operating in Latvia and Estonia during Saber Strike 2012, a multinational, tactical field training exercise that involves more than 2,000 personnel from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania National Guard, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the 4th U.S. Marine Division, the127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian armed forces, with contingents from Canada, Finland, France and the U.K. The exercise, led by U.S. Army Europe, is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability between the U.S. Army and partner nations, and will help prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, interagency, integrated environment.