Armenians sharpen Quick Reaction Force skills
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – A vehicle carrying troops from Multinational Battle Group East loses control and strikes a telephone pole. A radio transmission requesting aid is sent. With a motorized whine and a spray of dust and dirt, two UH-60 Blackhawks touchdown in an empty field, the doors are thrown open and Armenian soldiers pour out. The Quick Reaction Force has arrived.
This was the scene outside of Crep/Crepana, Kosovo, Sept. 18, as Armenian and Ukraine soldiers sharpened their QRF skills during a training exercise.
Each company in MNBG E practices QRF drills regularly in order to remain sharp and effective, said Capt. Alex Mercado, battle captain, 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, MNBG E.
The scenario this time was a vehicle carrying soldiers from the Ukraine contingent that lost control, injuring two soldiers when the vehicle struck a telephone pole.
“Once the QRF arrives they will assess the situation and see what needs to be done,” said Mercado, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. “The medic will evaluate the injuries, and if a medevac is warranted, then they will call one in.”
After the QRF arrives and evaluates the situation they are responsible for securing the area and deciding what happens next.
“When we seen that it was a car accident with injuries, I immediately started treating and evaluating the injured soldiers,” said Armenian Sgt. Hrachik Mirzoyan, medic, Hellas COY. “Once I realized some of the people were seriously hurt, I called in for a medevac and treated the injuries to the best of my ability.”
The training is designed to test the soldiers and their leadership, and to ensure the soldiers have an understanding of what their tasks are if and when they are ever called in for a QRF mission.
“The purpose of the training is to make sure I, as an officer, know how to lead my soldiers in a crisis and that my soldiers are able to perform under the added stress,” said Armenian Capt. Vahan Avocyyocn, Hellas COY. “This training also gives my soldiers and me the chance to work with different nations. These exercises are very unique experiences.”
That sentiment was seconded by other soldiers participating in the training.
“I believe not many people have the same chances that we have here,” said Ukrainian Capt. Aleksaundr Maliarchuk, Ukraine COY. “Not many people can say they work with soldiers from as many different nations as I have on this deployment. We learn a lot from each other, it makes all of us better soldiers.”
Find more articles tagged with:
More than 100 Airmen and three C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, deployed to enhance bilateral defense ties with Polish armed forces members during a scheduled aircraft rotation to the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment in Poland.
A dozen more F-16s and 300 personnel based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, will augment the U.S. aviation detachment at Lask Air Base, Poland, a Pentagon spokesman announced today.
In advance of their budget testimony this morning before a Senate panel, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outlined Defense Department activities pertaining to the crisis in Ukraine.
The Michigan National Guard celebrates their 20-year partnership with Latvia with a look back at how the partnership started and and some milestones along the way.
Silver Saber brought KFOR soldiers together with their Kosovo Police and EULEX counterparts to train on crowd and riot control, relieving a multinational unit currently engaged in CRC, breaching various obstacles and medically evacuating a casualty.
On July 17, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) celebrated the completion of a Humanitarian Assistance renovation project at a local school in the village of Starychi, Lviv region.
“I think it is very important to bring all these groups together because it helps to improve our cooperation,” said Oleskow-Dabska. “The JIC is responsible for some parts and EULEX has other responsibilities, so we [the JIC] are not able to provide some information to the Serbian Armed Forces that EULEX is able to.”
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Sweden’s Minister of Defense Karin Enström at the Pentagon today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
"I really think that EUCOM provided us with the best insight and tools on strategic communication," Ceku said. "EUCOM strategic communication experts had an in-depth knowledge about the cultural complexity that Kosovo has and they have adapted their training perfectly for our own needs."
The focus of this year’s exercise will be conducting humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, crisis response, and consequence management operations in response to a natural disaster. More than 300 participants are expected to take part in medical classes, certification courses, a mass casualty response exercise, and an earthquake simulation.