This is an incredible opportunity and a unique time in history to be part of this operation. I am looking forward to leading and working alongside the ten other nations that comprise the Battlegroup, said LTC Higgins.
The focus for the next few months for the battlegroup will be preparing for NATO validation in March during exercise Crystal Arrow. This exercise will confirm the efficiency of the multinational battlegroup in conducting combat manoeuvres with Allied units within the Latvian Mechanised Infantry Brigade. "Our goal leading up to the exercise is to ensure all of our companies have the ability to work with other nations to effectively and efficiently conduct tactical operations," explained LTC Higgins. “Exercise Crystal Arrow will further solidify our battlegroup and our participating contingents can operate together successfully.”
With Canada as the Framework Nation, eFP Battlegroup Latvia, which was established in 2017, is made up of over 1,200 soldiers from 10 nations including Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Iceland, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. With multinational leadership and support, forces from all sending nations are enabled to come together and effectively work as one team under the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade Group to deter and, if necessary, defend the people of Latvia from any potential aggression.