Saber Strike Co
Saber Strike Co-director
Highlights Benefits for Partners
By Army Sgt. Sara Marchus, North Dakota National
Adazi, Latvia – (AFPS) – June 23, 2014 – Exercise Saber Strike 2014, which ran
from June 9 to June 20, was beneficial to the United States, the Baltic states
and the other partner nations that participated, the exercise’s co-director said.
Estonian soldiers participate in Saber
Strike 2014, a multinational field training exercise that demonstrated the
interoperability of allied nations, near the Adazi training area in the Baltic
nation of Latvia, June 15, 2014. Saber Strike, held June 9-20, 2014, was a U.S.
Army Europe-led exercise designed to promote regional stability, strengthen
international military partnerships, enhance multinational interoperability and
prepare participants for worldwide contingency operations.
Army Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen described the exercise’s success in providing
training in multinational operations for NATO allies.
McQueen said his goal as Saber Strike’s co-director was to establish an
exercise that was beneficial to the Baltic states and all partner nations
participating. “We provided a competitive and dynamic environment with an intent
to challenge commanders, staffs and soldiers, with the final objective being for
them to perfect and hone their skills so they can operate in an austere
environment,” he said.
Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led, joint, multinational military
exercise designed to promote regional stability, strengthen international
military partnerships, enhance multinational interoperability and prepare
participants for worldwide contingency operations. Participating countries
include the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Canada,
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States,
creating a force of about 4,500 multinational service members. “Regardless of
which nation they were from, the soldiers really enjoyed working with and
learning from each other,” McQueen said.
Saber Strike consisted of a variety of training drills and field exercises,
with observer coach trainers evaluating soldiers’ skills, methods and
capabilities. McQueen said he stayed involved throughout the exercise with
troops to understand what skills, knowledge and opportunities the participants
were doing every step of the way, speaking with individual soldiers about their
experiences. “It has been a great privilege to see these soldiers train in an
environment where all 10 nations can learn together and be able to engage
effectively with each other,” the general said.
This year marks the fourth Saber Strike exercise in the Baltic states. This
year’s training focus, McQueen said, was to help formations understand defensive
operations and then transition into offensive operations and begin their
counterattack. “The significance of this exercise cannot be understated,” he
added. “It has helped our troops and our partner nations have the
interoperability to perform drills together and hone their skills through
complex and dynamic situations and prevail.”
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