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STDE24 Update ~ SABER STRIKE CALFX

US Soldiers assigned to Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, pull security during a CALFX)at Bemowo Piskie Training Ground, Poland, April 16, 2024 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]

A Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) has been conducted at Bemowo Piskie in Poland as part of SABER STRIKE and STEADFAST DEFENDER.

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The CALFX, a key part of SABER STRIKE 24, provided US 2nd Cavalry Regiment [2CR] Soldiers with an opportunity to train on de-escalation of force and reaction to enemy contact. The CALFX enhances the skills of these 2CR Soldiers and prepares them for the rigours of future conflicts.

2nd Squadron, 2CR, Stryker armoured fighting vehicles stage for a team dismount during CALFX on SABER STRIKE 24, April 16, 2024 [US Army Photo: Sgt Omar Joseph Sr]

DEFENDER is the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness, and is a US European Command scheduled, US Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of SABER STRIKE, IMMEDIATE RESPONSE, and SWIFT RESPONSE. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO’s STEADFAST DEFENDER exercise, and the US DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 is the largest US Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 US and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations, including: Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

US Soldiers assigned to the Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2CR, shoot a signal flare during a CALFX on SABER STRIKE 24 April 16, 2024 [US Army Photo: Sgt Omar Joseph Sr]
US Soldiers assigned to the Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2CR shoot an M249 light machine gun during a CALFX on SABER STRIKE 24, April 16, 2024 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]
US Soldiers assigned to the Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2CR, hit targets with 120mm [sic] mortars during a CALFX, April 16, 2024 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]
US Soldiers assigned to Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2CR, walk to the range during the CALFX at Bemowo Piskie Training Ground, April 16 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]
US Soldiers assigned to the Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2CR participate in a CALFX during SABER STRIKE 24 at Bemowo Piskie Training Ground, April 16 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]
Italian Army soldiers assigned to 8th Bersaglieri Regiment participate in urban combat exercises on SABER STRIKE 24 at Bemowo Piskie Training Ground, April 15 [US Army Photo: Spc Andrew Clark]
NATO allies pose together for a group photo at the end of the Hand-Over-Take-Over (HOTO) ceremony, when operational control of the 2CR passed to a Czech Army Brigadier, Bemowo Piskie, April 14 [US Army Photo: Sgt Gianna Elle Sulger]

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