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[Disarmo] Baltico: giochi di guerra
- Subject: [Disarmo] Baltico: giochi di guerra
- From: Jure Ellero LT <glry at ngi.it>
- Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:28:31 +0200
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--- Russian Border: Norwegian Tanks To Join NATO War Games In Latvia
Xinhua News Agency
August 30, 2014
Norwegian tanks to join NATO exercise in eastern Latvia: media
OSLO: Norway tanks will take part in a NATO exercise to be held in
Latvia near the border with Russia, the Norwegian newspaper VG reported
In addition, 190 Norwegian soldiers will participate in the exercise.
The exercise is scheduled to last for almost two months and ends in late
Last June, 10 NATO member countries staged the Saber Strike ground
forces exercise in the the Baltic countries amid heightened tensions
between Ukraine and Russia.
The war game, which involved nearly 5,000 troops, was reportedly seen by
Russia as a NATO military build-up.
--- U.S., NATO Train Ukrainian Troops In Civil War-Scenario War Game
Stars and Stripes
August 29, 2014
Anatomy of an attack: A step by step fictional siege in Saber Junction
By Michael Darnell
HOHENFELS, Germany: More than 5,800 troops from 13 NATO and four partner
nations are participating in Saber Junction 14, an annual U.S. Army
Europe-led training exercise spread across four countries.
The bulk of the American forces involved in this year’s exercise comes
from the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and the 12th Combat
Aviation Brigade, while troops from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Sweden
and Ukraine make up the non-NATO forces involved.
The training began Aug. 25 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center
in Hohenfels, with a simulated attack on the fictional town of Boyat.
The attack came from the northeast, heralded only by a single mortar
blast. The townsfolk scattered as the sound of gunfire erupted from a
wooded ridge 800 meters from the town border. Suddenly, a line of
armored vehicles bursts into sight.
Capt. Aljosa Kaucevic, commander of the 1st Company, 20th Infantry
Regiment, Slovenian armed forces, was one of the soldiers tasked with
the defense of the shantytown.
“In the morning, once we entered the town, we first did a key leader
engagement with the local leaders, where the mayor, police chief and the
other elders were present. We talked about the situation. I informed
them that there is an imminent threat from the Aranian forces — the
enemies in this exercise — and that we’re here to provide them security
and defend their town.”
In order to do that, Kaucevic’s soldiers had to repel an attack from the
JMRC opposing forces team consisting largely of American and Lithuanian
infantrymen. Soldiers from both sides wore MILES gear — the Army’s
high-tech laser tag system.
U.S. Army instructors tossed flashbang grenades to simulate artillery
strikes and grenade launches.
Casualties were marked both with a high-pitched whine from the MILES
gear and a laminated card informing comrades of the type of injury that
needed to be treated. All throughout the scenario, the Slovenian
soldiers had to keep the town’s civilian population — all wearing their
own MILES harnesses — alive.
“We accomplished the mission, which was to defend the town against the
Aranian attack and to protect the civilian population. We were able to
do both, so I view it as a success,” Kaucevic said. “I know as a company
and everybody involved that we definitely gained some additional
experience here because of the very real situation that has been
projected from the civilians on the battlefield and the OPFOR. There is
always room for improvement. You never do it perfectly, but I’m proud of
Saber Junction 14 continues with air-assault missions and mechanized
unit rotations through the middle of September, leading up to a massive
simulated force-on-force battle.
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