The month-long US-led multinational Exercise COMBINED RESOLVE XV began yesterday on the Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels training areas.
Press Release, Grafenwöhr, 01 February 2021: Approximately 4,500 participants from six ally and partner nations are scheduled to participate in COMBINED RESOLVE XV at the US Army’s Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels training areas, Feb. 1- Mar. 5, 2021.
The exercise is designed to evaluate and assess the readiness of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division to fight and win during their regionally allocated forces rotation in support of ATLANTIC RESOLVE. The exercise also focuses on strengthening interoperability with multinational partners.
“This is an exciting time to be on the US Army Europe and Africa team training with our multinational allies and partners,” said Col. Monte Rone, commander, 1st Cav. Div. (Forward). “COMBINED RESOLVE XV is an excellent opportunity to build unit readiness and enhance interoperability with our allies and partners. We look forward to improving critical war fighting skills that will enable the team to fight and win. And yes – Winning Matters! In order to win, we must be highly trained, disciplined and fit. COMBINED RESOLVE XV will allow commanders to assess unit performance and refine unit training plans in preparation for DEFENDER 21.”
Other units slated to take part in COMBINED RESOLVE XV include the current ATLANTIC RESOLVE aviation rotation, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade; as well as units permanently stationed in Germany including the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command; 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st TSC; and US Special Operations Command Europe forces. Nations listed to join the exercise include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
The 7th Army Training Command resources the training readiness for all of USAREURAF’s [US Army Europe And Africa] assigned and allocated forces using its internal training capabilities and capacity at the Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels training areas, like the combat training centre rotations at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. To protect the health of the service members, participants will follow COVID mitigation measures like restriction of movement and testing.
The main body of 1st ABCT, 1st CD has been located in the Grafenwöhr Training Area footprint and conducted a transfer of authority ceremony there, Nov. 30, 2020, to recognise the unit’s movement of operations from Fort Hood, Texas, to the European theatre in support of ATLANTIC RESOLVE.