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 Nov 25 2021

Battle Group Poland strengthens multinational interoperability during exercise Rifle Forge

SZCZECIN, Poland - From 30 October through 10 November, NATO eFP Battle Group Poland held its culminating combined arms live-fire exercise, Rifle Forge at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, integrating NATO fire capabilities.

Battle Group Poland's two new contingents combined forces with the rest of the Battle Group: the Romanian Land Forces Iron Cheetahs and British Army's Black Horse Troop.

"This has been a great opportunity to learn more about working in a joint environment," Romanian Land Forces 1st Lt. Andrei Savaniu, Iron Cheetahs platoon leader said.

As air defense, we are here to make sure that our allies are able to conduct their operations on the ground in complete safety.

The Iron Cheetahs provide Battle Group Poland's air defense capability. In this exercise the Iron Cheetahs used Gepards to track and destroy simulated unmanned aerial vehicles.

This live-fire exercise also integrated the British Army's Black Horse Troop and their reconnaissance capabilities.

"It is really important for the Black Horse Troop to be able to integrate with our NATO Allies as it is the way that we prove our credibility and enable us to demonstrate the capabilities we have," British Army Major William Roome, Black Horse Troop commander said. "We are trying to demonstrate cohesion, the way we stick together and work together. And we are demonstrating the capabilities we bring to bear during this multinational exercise."

The Battle Group Commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Craig Boyles, echoed the sentiment: "The idea is to practice combining all our arms in order to strengthen interoperability. What we are doing is synchronizing all of our fires in time, space, purpose and resources. This demonstrates we are stronger together because just one of us really is not as capable and as lethal as all of us."

Each one of us brings a capability that one of us does not have, but together we truly are the strongest team.

Story by Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Office / Original story by Pfc. Jacob Bradford, U.S. Army

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U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, fire a mortar during Rifle Forge at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland / Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Jacob Bradford
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Romanian Land Forces Soldiers show a British Army soldier how to operate an AK-47 assault rifle during the Rifle Forge Distinguished Visitor Day at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland / Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Jacob Bradford 
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Romanian Land Forces soldiers from Iron Cheetahs fire a Gepard during Rifle Forge at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland / Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Jacob Bradford 

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