Shared Horizons tests Republic of Georgia and U.S. Army Emergency Response
June 18, 2013
TBILISI, Georgia -- U.S. Army Soldiers have come together with emergency response teams from the Republic of Georgia to conduct the third and final installment of exercise Shared Horizons here, running from June 18-21.
Shared Horizons, run annually since 2011, is a U.S. European Command-directed exercise conducted by U.S. Army Europe designed to prepare the Republic of Georgia government to provide civil response in the event of a natural disaster. The exercise is designed to assess the preparedness of responsible ministries in case of an emergency and identify and address deficiencies. The exercise will also provide insight to U.S. participants as to the processes used by the Republic of Georgia and identify procedures to integrate relief if requested by the government of the Republic of Georgia.
This year the exercise will include roughly 100 participants including U.S. Army Soldiers with the Georgia National Guard and the 80th Civil Affairs Battalion out of Fort Bliss, Texas, working together with the civil-military response teams of the Republic of Georgia's ministries of Defense and Interior.
Shared Horizons is a part of U.S. European Command's joint training and exercise program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations. The exercise supports interoperability between the U.S. and the Republic of Georgia and will help prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint inter-agency environment.