Exercise Watch: ‚Operation Letzlingen Freedom Shock‘


Hm, wenn die U.S. Army Europe über eine gemeinsame deutsch-amerikanische Übung im Gefechtsübungszentrum (GÜZ) der Bundeswehr in der Letzlinger Heide berichtet… klingt das für deutsche Ohren doch recht ungewohnt. Angefangen vom Übungsnamen Letzlingen Freedom Shock bis zur Frage, welche deutschen Truppenteile unter dem German 2nd Mechanized Battallion (PzGrenBtl 2?) zu verstehen sind.

Anyway, wie die Amis vermutlich gar nicht sagen würden:

U.S. and German Soldiers teamed up to kick off a bilateral training exercise in Germany, April 16, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Operation Letzlingen Freedom Shock, which is scheduled to run through April 28, includes troops from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and the German 2nd Mechanized Battalion to increase training interoperability readiness between the U.S. and German armored forces.

Leaders from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, said the operation demonstrates the U.S. Army’s freedom of movement throughout Eastern Europe by showcasing its ability to project its forces any time and any place and to simultaneously gain interoperability with host nation forces.
„We don’t know where the next major incident is going to happen,“ said Capt. Eric Flynn, commander, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment [3-69 AR]. „We need to be able to test the systems and processes to make sure that when it does come, we’re not learning for the first time. We actually have tested the systems and we understand what we need to do to push that combat power where we need to be.“
Heavy equipment movement for this deployment readiness exercise was primarily facilitated by rail. Soldiers from 3-69 AR moved vehicles from their staging area on Camp Aachen to the railhead on Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The final destination for this exercise is the German Army Combat Training Center in Letzlingen, Germany.

(Foto: Track and wheel vehicles, from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, convoy from their motorpool at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, to the railhead, April 20, 2015 – U.S. Army Photo)