VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia — Exercise Noble Partner ends with a final combined arms live-fire and the closing ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 12, 2017.
Exercise Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. The eight nations that participated in Noble Partner were Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The final demonstration played out over a company-sized engagement area established by the 500th Engineer Support Company and soldiers of the 1st Engineer Sapper Company, Engineer Brigade, of the Georgian Armed Forces.
Lumber and wire constructions were placed between two anti-vehicular ditches built into the terrain. The lumber and wire obstacle were set up in triples, meaning the obstacle consisted of three offset layers.
Track vehicles T-72s and BMPs shifted between battle positions, bombarding the adversary and shifting fire.
An infantry platoon from the 173rd Airborne and infantry platoon from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment participated in the training event.
The live fire was about fire distribution and control and synchronization of effects, said Lt. Col. Adam J. Lackey, commander, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
"This isn't the end, this is just a step forward in readiness," Lackey remarked, regarding the end of the exercise. "We're going to take what we learned here and we're going to pass our lessons learned to the force, both in our army and in Georgia."
Other assets utilized were the Stryker Mobile Gun System, mortars, and essentially every weapons system in the combined inventory, he said.
The Georgians proved they have a capable military, said Col. Patrick Ellis, regimental commander of 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Defensive training will build on that foundation, improving what already exists.
Military exercises are learning opportunities, for both leaders and Soldiers.
He observed different tactics employed by various Soldiers and officers, he said. Each one has a unique perspective and method of approach.
"These incredibly capable young officers, noncommissioned officers and leaders teach me new things every day," Ellis said. "When it comes to defense, the Georgians taught us a lot."
The Georgian Armed Forces utilize a unique defense method and possess a particular military intelligence that can be exchanged, he said.
Combined training tests skills and builds relationships.
"When you train together in hard conditions like this, obviously it's hot, it's challenging training," Ellis said. "When you train like that, no matter what the uniform that you're wearing or what army you come from, you can't help but grow closer together."
The M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) deployed into the Georgian obstacle and Soldiers manually activated the fuse.
Soldiers cleared the outpost, completing the mission.
Multiple leaders throughout the exercise were gifted with awards, including Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Muhlenbeck, regimental command sergeant major of 2nd Cavalry Regiment; Lt. Col. Adam J. Lackey, commander of 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment; Col. Patrick Ellis, regimental commander of 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
Also recognized were Lt. Col. Jeffrey D. Hall, commanding officer of 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Sustainment Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Meyer, senior enlisted advisor for 15th Engineer Battalion.
Directly following the demonstration was the closing ceremony of Noble Partner. Guest speakers for the event were Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia; Levan Izoaria, Minister of Defense of Georgia; Maj. Gen. Vladimer Chachibaia, Chief of the Georgian Army General Staff and MAJ. Gen. Timothy Daugherty, G3 chief of operations general for U.S. Army Europe.
"The U.S. continues to invest in military exercises with Allies and partners to demonstrate resolve and build resilience while enhancing interoperability," Daugherty said. "These exercises provide the United States European Command with vital opportunities for multiple nations to work together but also, for integrated total force training with U.S. Reserves, the National Guard, and our Allied partners nations military."