Noble Partner 2016 - Georgia, US, UK Exercise

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  1. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    Exercise Noble Partner 2016 to demonstrate bilateral cooperation in action

    BATUMI, Georgia -- Exercise Noble Partner 16 is a Georgian and U.S. military training exercise taking place at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, May 11-26, 2016.

    This exercise is a critical part of Georgia's training for its contribution of a light infantry company to the NATO Response Force (NRF) and enhances Georgian territorial self-defense capability.

    While Georgia is not a member of NATO, it and other NATO partners voluntarily contribute to the NRF. Exercise Noble Partner provides an opportunity for the United States to continue its training relationship with the Georgian armed forces as the sponsor of Georgia's participation in the NRF. The NRF provides a rapid military response force to deploy quickly, wherever needed. In addition to its operational role, the NRF uses opportunities like Exercise Noble Partner to increase cooperation, education and training of all participants.

    Exercise Noble Partner includes approximately 500 Georgian, 150 United Kingdom and 650 U.S. service members who are incorporating a full range of equipment, including U.S. M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, M119 Light Towed Howitzers and several wheeled support vehicles. Alongside U.S. forces, Georgian forces will operate their T-72 Main Battle Tanks, BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles and several wheeled-support vehicles.

    Participating U.S. forces are members of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), elements of the U.S.-based Regionally Allocated Force (1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division) contribution to NATO Response Force 2016 and the Georgia State Army and Air National Guard. In addition, participation includes three C-130 "Hercules" aircraft from the 165 Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Garden City, Ga. Exercise Noble Partner will consist of a Situational Training Exercise, a Field Training exercise and a Live Fire exercise.

    Noble Partner emphasizes USAREUR's abilities to quickly move soldiers and equipment throughout Europe and operate together within a coalition in any potential future operation. Because of the unique forward location of U.S. Army Europe, over time we have built many such strong relationships, including this relationship with our Georgian partners.





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  2. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

    Oct 10, 2015
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    I posted a thread that said that this event is indeed something to take note of. Military exercises like this make it easier for us to deploy forces to Georgia in the future because we have just practiced doing so. We are also able to increase our interoperability with them so that if they did need some help we could work together effectively.

    I remember how back in '08 when we had soldiers stranded in Georgia during the Russian invasion, next time we can send in the heavy armor to give the Russians a clear warning.