Exercise Dragoon Ready 21 Prepares US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment
Exercise Dragoon Ready 21 Prepares US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Exercise Dragoon Ready 21 Prepares US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment

The U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment participated in exercise Dragoon Ready 21 from April 9-19 at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, to enhance and train its core tasks. During the multinational combat training center exercise, 2nd Cav. Regt. was joined by elements of the United Kingdom and French armies, while the Joint Multinational Readiness Center was joined with elements of the Italian and Latvian armies, enhancing the ability to respond more effectively to regional crises and meet security needs.

“Here at JMRC, we’re Europe’s only CTC (Combat Training Center) so what we do is replicate a near-peer threat for the training audience,” said 1st Lt. Alexander White, an executive officer assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, the permanent opposing forces at JMRC. “We don’t take it easy on them, we replicated multiple types of threats and planned accordingly to help them get quality training that they can learn from.”

Italian tankers acting as opposing forces prepare to engage the 2nd Cavalry Division during the culminating battle of the Dragoon 21 training exercise at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, April 19, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Ryan C. Matson)

“Training like this is so important because it gives the soldiers a snapshot of what may be coming in the future so they’ll always be prepared,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Allen, the senior enlisted advisor at the Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cav. Regt. “The training here will provide the muscle memory for when they are in a combat operation.”

2nd Cav. Regt. provides the 7th Army Training Command with a lethal and agile force capable of rapid deployment throughout the European theater in order to assure allies, deter adversaries, and when ordered, defend the NATO alliance. Much of the training conducted was to engineer the battlefield, employ force-on-force engagements, respond to chemical-attacks, casualty evacuations, and a ruck march.

A 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldier pulls security in the woodline from a Stryker vehicle during the Dragoon Ready 21 training exercise at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, April 17, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Ryan C. Matson)