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Exercise BRAVE PARTNER in North Macedonia

Library image of US 2nd Cavalry Regiment Strykers deploying during a NATO multinational exercise [© Bob Morrison]

US and North Macedonia forces are to participate in SNAP (Short Notice Action Planning) Exercise BRAVE PARTNER at Krivolak Training Area.

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Press Release, Wiesbaden, 30 November 2023: Approximately 180 Soldiers from V Corps’ 2nd Cavalry Regiment will join host country forces for Exercise BRAVE PARTNER, December 1 – 10, 2023, at the Krivolak Training Area in the Republic of North Macedonia.

“Short-notice exercises like BRAVE PARTNER are a way to train in new environments and enhance interoperability,” said 2CR Regimental Commander Col. Robert McChrystal. “They also demonstrate the truth of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment motto—proving we are ‘always ready’ to support and defend our Allies and partners.”

An estimated 30 service members from the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia will support the exercise, which includes a live-fire range with the versatile Stryker vehicles. Exercise BRAVE PARTNER enhances regional partnerships and increases US and partner force peacekeeping and combat readiness and interoperability in a realistic, multi-national training environment.

Short-notice planning events like BRAVE PARTNER help to ensure our forces and NATO allies are ready to respond to real-world contingencies throughout the region with little or no advance notice.

US Ambassador to North Macedonia Angela Aggeler will attend BRAVE PARTNER with North Macedonia’s Minister of Defence Slavjanka Petrovska on December 7. “The training exercise between North Macedonia’s 1st Brigade and the US 2nd Cavalry Stryker Regiment demonstrates interoperability and the invaluable collaboration between our countries’ militaries. Once again, we see the crucial importance of joint exercises with our valued NATO ally, and the benefits they bring to regional stability,” Aggeler stated.

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