Troops hone medical evacuation expertise in hoist drill at 10-nation train in Germany
HOHENFELS, Germany — A U.S. Military Black Hawk helicopter hovered above the wintry Bavarian panorama after midnight as troopers from the 101st Fight Aviation Brigade winched an “injured” pilot to security.
They have been participating Thursday within the first stay hoist drill to be held in about 5 years at Hohenfels, the one Military fight coaching heart outdoors the U.S., throughout the 10-nation Mixed Resolve train.
The drill started Wednesday night time in chilly, damp German climate and lasted a number of hours into the subsequent day, offering “sensible coaching underneath difficult night time situations,” JMRC mentioned on its Fb web page.
It took troops via the important thing steps of a medical evacuation mission — recovering the wounded and injured from “any terrain, anytime, wherever,” mentioned Sgt. 1st Class Garrick Morgenweck, a JMRC coach who helped lead the train
Some 4,700 forces from 10 NATO member states and companion nations are participating in Mixed Resolve, which is designed to construct relationships between worldwide troops and enhance fight expertise.
Many of the troops participating within the train are from the first Armored Brigade Fight Workforce, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, who’re on a nine-month rotation in Germany in assist of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the U.S.-led effort geared toward deterring Russian aggression alongside NATO’s jap flank.
Half a dozen troopers from the storied 101st Airborne Division’s 101st Fight Aviation Brigade, which can be in Europe on a nine-month rotation in assist of Atlantic Resolve, took half within the hoist drill. Some 400 of the brigade’s troops had come from Illesheim, about 150 miles north of Hohenfels, to the coaching space for Mixed Resolve.
Alongside the Individuals, forces from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovenia are participating in Mixed Resolve, which runs till March 5.
With the train going down for a second time underneath the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, taking part troops are following strict sickness prevention guidelines, together with restriction of motion and common testing, the seventh Military Coaching Command, which oversees the Hohenfels coaching space, mentioned in an announcement when Mixed Resolve began early this month.
The train is a part of Atlantic Resolve, which was launched in 2014 after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and invaded jap Ukraine.
A U.S. Military HH-60M MEDEVAC Black Hawk helicopter takes half in hoist operations throughout the Mixed Resolve train on the Joint Multinational Readiness Heart in Hohenfels, Germany, Thurs., Feb. 18, 2021. The drill, which started the earlier night time in chilly, damp German climate and lasted into the early hours of Thursday, offering “sensible coaching underneath difficult night time situations,” JMRC mentioned.
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