Partner nations come together as curtain closes on Noble Partner 18
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia (Aug. 15, 2018) - Noble Partner 18 concluded with a combined arms live-fire exercise and a ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018.
An AH-64 Apache helicopter flies over Vaziani Training Area, Georgia during combined live-fire exercise, Aug. 15, 2018. The exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 1 of 7: An AH-64 Apache helicopter flies over Vaziani Training Area, Georgia during combined live-fire exercise, Aug. 15, 2018. The exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
A Georgian army soldier demonstrates on a terrain model the location where mechanized fighting vehicles are shooting at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. The combined live-fire exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations.
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 2 of 7: A Georgian army soldier demonstrates on a terrain model the location where mechanized fighting vehicles are shooting at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. The combined live-fire exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. Download full-resolution version
Georgian army soldiers in their dress uniforms participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 3 of 7: Georgian army soldiers in their dress uniforms participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
German army soldiers stand at attention for the Georgian natinal anthem during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 4 of 7: German army soldiers stand at attention for the Georgian natinal anthem during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
Azerbaijani army soldiers participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 5 of 7: Azerbaijani army soldiers participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
The flags of the 13 allied and partner nations which participated in Noble Partner 18 are presented during the exercise's closing ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 6 of 7: The flags of the 13 allied and partner nations which participated in Noble Partner 18 are presented during the exercise's closing ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
Brig. Gen. Reginald Neal, Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard, makes his remarks during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
7 photos: Noble Partner 18 comes to an end
Photo 7 of 7: Brig. Gen. Reginald Neal, Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard, makes his remarks during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet) Download full-resolution version
An AH-64 Apache helicopter flies over Vaziani Training Area, Georgia during combined live-fire exercise, Aug. 15, 2018. The exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
A Georgian army soldier demonstrates on a terrain model the location where mechanized fighting vehicles are shooting at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. The combined live-fire exercise was part of the culmination of Noble Partner 18, a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations.
Georgian army soldiers in their dress uniforms participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
German army soldiers stand at attention for the Georgian natinal anthem during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
Azerbaijani army soldiers participate in the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
The flags of the 13 allied and partner nations which participated in Noble Partner 18 are presented during the exercise's closing ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)
Brig. Gen. Reginald Neal, Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard, makes his remarks during the closing ceremony for Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018. Noble Partner 18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kris Bonet)

VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia (Aug. 15, 2018) - Noble Partner 18 concluded with a combined arms live-fire exercise and a ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 15, 2018.

NP18 was a cooperatively-led multinational training exercise in its fourth iteration which supported the training of Georgian Armed Forces' mechanized and Special Operation Forces, U.S. Regionally Aligned Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard from the state of Georgia, and 11 other participating nations.

"We were able to design some very challenging and complex live fires which pushed our Soldiers to make decisions under pressure in an environment in which we were reliant in our Georgian partners," said Lt. Col. Andrew Gallo, commander of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. "The relationship between the U.S. and the Georgians has been made much stronger at the tactical level."

Key tasks for NP18 were conducting reception staging and onward movement (RSOM) and reverse RSOM, a tactical road march by 2 CR, combined urban operations, air assaults, and combined live-fire exercises in the vicinities of the Vaziani and Camp Norio Training Areas.

"These tasks were not easy," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Reginald Neal, Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard as he addressed a formation of soldiers from numerous countries. "But due to your perseverance, and ability to work together through daily challenges, this exercise has been a tremendous success."

The fifth iteration of the Noble Partner training exercise is scheduled for 2020 and already some leaders are eager to show their country’s potential.

"We didn't participate in the field with a unit-size element, but two years from now I will bring a company-size Norwegian element to train together with the Georgians and the other nations," said Norwegian army Col. Ivar Hoff. "I've done a number of deployments, I've been to war zones all over, and I saw clearly that this exercise is moving in the right direction."

"We have to stand together," Hoff said. "We have to do this as one entity, one team."

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