Conducted in April, “Knight Lavard 2022” trained the operational level tasks, coordination and logistic procedures of the NATO's division-level command, with troops from more than 10 NATO countries participating in the exercise.
“This exercise has been a great opportunity for multinational training,” Robbins said. It was his first division-level exercise. During “Knight Lavard”, he was a Staff officer for the Artillery in the Joint Fire Support Centre, but back in his unit he is a Battery Commander who started his career as a police officer before joining the army.
“It is important that the Michigan Guard has state cooperation with Latvia. We had Latvians coming over, now it is nice to be on the other side. To come to an exercise at the division level and have the challenge of getting everyone to work in the same direction was a good, eye-opening experience, especially for the artillery,” Robbins points out.
“It was a good exercise,” he continues. “I have been in the Michigan Guard for 10 years, and I am looking forward to sharing my experience with my colleagues. I hope that everyone comes back with knowledge and experience gained in this multinational division, so that they can use this back in their units.” CPT Robbins is looking forward to using his experience and intends to apply for something similar in the future.