GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—Approximately 1,800 forces from 18 European nations train for the post-Afghanistan fight using the U.S. Army’s most-current doctrine for unified land operations. At the Grafenwoehr Training Area, also called GTA, and Hohenfels Training Area, or HTA, and more than 1,300 square miles in-between installation facilities 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, also known as 2CR, engages a complex enemy.
The exercise, dubbed Saber Junction, showcases Europe’s unique Decisive Action Training Environment rotation, also known as DATE, U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Training Command facilitates this realistic training environment for the 2CR using host-nation agreements, enacting the larger maneuver space to facilitate tactics, techniques and procedures for counter-insurgency, wide-area security and combined-arms maneuvers from mid-to- high intensity conflict.
Off-installation maneuvers are conducted often in neighboring towns between JMTC’s two training areas. Saber Junction is the largest exercise using these areas in conjunction with the GTA and HTA, since 1989. The scope of the operations, number of participants, and the variety of European and NATO participants make the training experience unique.
“When you train at other combat training areas stateside, host-nation security forces are often replicated; however, when you train at JMTC’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center, or the Grafenwoehr Training Area, units are training with multinational forces, which allows soldiers to experience the challenges associated with language and culture, in addition to varying terrain features, which are easily available locally,” said Col. Curtis J. Carson, JMTC’s chief of staff. “Training in Europe allows U.S. and partnered nations to build interoperability of networks and systems, in addition to developing cultural understanding and camaraderie and respect.”
The unique training environment exposes 2CR to real-life challenges of civilian traffic, civilian authorities and civilians on the battlefield, in addition to the real-world experience of working as a coalition.
“Each participant brings military knowledge and tactical skills, which serves to enhance the capabilities of the others,” said Matthew W. Todd, JMRC exercise planner. “Every exercise builds upon lessons-learned from the previous exercises, allowing training to be modified to enhance the capabilities of the units.”
Learn more about the U.S. Army’s overseas training command, JMTC, at http://www.eur.army.mil/jmtc/. See http://www.eur.army.mil/SaberJunction/default.htm for facts and photos about Saber Junction 2012.