NATO Battle Group Poland Conducts Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise
NATO Battle Group Poland Conducts Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise

NATO Battle Group Poland Conducts Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise

A multinational group consisting of Romanians, Croatians, British, and Americans conducted a deployment readiness exercise called “Rifle Ready,” at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on July 1, 2021. NATO deployment readiness exercises, like Rifle Ready, test the alliance’s speed of response in preparation for collective defense if necessary. The Battle Group received an alert, marshalled and deployed to a scenario objective, employing the Battle Group’s reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and infantry assets.

U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, move an Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) "Stryker" into staging position during a deployment readiness exercise in Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021.
U.S. Army Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, move an Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) “Stryker” into staging position during a deployment readiness exercise in Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Osvaldo Fuentes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“Being a part of this multinational Battle Group is an amazing opportunity,” said Romanian Land Forces Maj. Mircea Zemtev, commander of Sky Guardians. “Day by day we learn how to train better with our allies.”

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“Our purpose is to respond rapidly to any crisis. That takes constant practice. They’re excellent at what they do. I look forward to doing these exercises to get faster, and stronger together,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Craig Broyles, commander of U.S.-led enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland.

Romanian Land Forces vehicles, the URO VAMTAC (front) and Iveco Military Truck (back) depart for deployment readiness exercise "Rifle Ready" at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021.
Romanian Land Forces vehicles, the URO VAMTAC (front) and Iveco Military Truck (back) depart for deployment readiness exercise “Rifle Ready” at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Osvaldo Fuentes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Poland established in 2017 is a multinational Battlegroup comprised of units from four nations: Croatia, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States. Collective defense remains the alliance’s greatest responsibility and deterrence is a core element of NATO’s overall strategy. This is NATO’s effort to create a harmonious, collective group with incredible resolve and flexibility to react to any sort of aggression on a partner nation. Romania, Croatia and Britain have been very crucial to the mission.

British Army soldiers operate a "Jackal" vehicle during deployment readiness exercise "Rifle Ready" at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021.
British Army soldiers operate a “Jackal” vehicle during deployment readiness exercise “Rifle Ready” at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 1, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Osvaldo Fuentes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Their mission is to contribute to and strengthen the NATO Alliance’s deterrence and defensive posture in Poland. They operate in concert with the host nation’s 15th Mechanized Brigade headquartered in Giżycko, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. As part of their mission, Battlegroup Poland is continuously executing training exercises to enhance their readiness and ability to operate as a multinational, combat-ready force. This training is accomplished through the joint efforts of the multinational staff at Battlegroup Headquarters in conjunction with the 15th Mechanized Brigade.

NATO Battle Group Poland Conducts Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise
Romanian Land Forces 2nd Lt. Toma Bogdan guides a Gepard Anti-Aircraft vehicle during deployment readiness exercise “Rifle Ready” at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on July 1, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Osvaldo Fuentes, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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