Out of everything the Dark Rifles accomplished, LTC Broyles was most proud of Rifle Focus. Rifle Focus was a massive training event where Battlegroup Poland, the Polish, and the NATO Allies got the opportunity to practice force-on-force warfare in Northeastern Europe. It was a unique moment for the Polish people to witness the Battlegroup's war-fighting capabilities.
It won't stop there. U.S. Army National Guard LTC Trevor Phillips, the incoming commander of Battlegroup Poland, plans on picking up right where the Dark Rifles left off. "I am grateful for all the hard work put in by your team," LTC Phillips said behind the podium:
With me are hundreds of American men and women, each bred with
traditional American concepts and values. No nation should ever stand
alone when its ideals and principles face challenges.
The Thunderbolts will build upon 3-161's legacy and foundation by focusing on training against potential enemy formations. Even though units come and go, one thing remains the same: we are ready, credible and committed to the NATO Alliance.