Service members from 10 nations concluded force on force training for Combined Resolve XV at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) on March 1, 2021. Among them were troops from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States. It was a joint exercise that Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas participated in along with NATO allies and partners, as a way to train and demonstrate their abilities to fight and win against an equally capable force in the European theater.
“Combined Resolve allowed this commitment to be on full display across the theater,” said Lt. Col. Nicholas Dvonch, 1ABCT, 1CD, Acting Commander. “IRONHORSE’s ability to integrate with any partnered force demonstrations that we are always stronger together.”
“Training alongside our international partners on such a grand scale, is something we could not have done at Fort Hood,” said Lt. Col. John Ordonio, commander, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion. “Learning from one another, seeing how we operate as a whole and maneuver effectively together is something only gained here in an environment like this.”
Combined Resolve XV is a Headquarters Department of the Army directed Multinational exercise designed to build 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division’s readiness and enhance interoperability with allied forces to fight and win against any adversary. The training was a massive undertaking in scale and scope. The Soldiers set up their areas of operation throughout a 40,000 acre battlefield within the mountainous and hilly terrain of the southern region of Germany. They remained in the battlefield during the entire 10 day training exercise. Initially they were on the defense, and then transitioned into an offensive posture.
Combined Resolve XV allows allies and partners to connect – personally, professionally, technically, and tactically – to create stronger, more capable forces during times of crisis. Other units that took part in Combined Resolve XV include the current Atlantic Resolve aviation rotation, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade; as well as units permanently stationed in Germany including the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command; 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st TSC; and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe forces.