• Sgt. Robert Krassnig, of the Austrian Armed Forces, does security to the rear for his squad after being dropped off by Austrian helicopters and U.S. Black Hawks. Soldiers from the Austrian Armed Forces performed an air assault attack and defense of an operating base with the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise being conducted at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, May 15 - June 30, 2014. The exercise includes more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries.

    U.S., Austrian forces at Combined Resolve II

    Sgt. Robert Krassnig, of the Austrian Armed Forces, does security to the rear for his squad after being dropped off by Austrian helicopters and U.S. Black Hawks. Soldiers from the Austrian Armed Forces performed an air assault attack and defense of an...

  • Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, perform first aid on Soldiers who became injured during the exercise while Austrian and U.S. Soldiers provide communications during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise being conducted at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training areas, May 15 - June 30, 2014. The exercise includes more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries

    U.S., Austrian forces together at Combined Resolve II

    Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, perform first aid on Soldiers who became injured during the exercise while Austrian and U.S. Soldiers provide communications during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve...

  • Austrian Sgt. Robert Krassnig and U.S. Army Soldier of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, discuss positions while defending an operating base during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise being conducted at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training areas, May 15 - June 30, 2014. The exercise includes more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries

    U.S., Austrian forces at Combined Resolve II

    Austrian Sgt. Robert Krassnig and U.S. Army Soldier of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, discuss positions while defending an operating base during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S...

  • A Soldier of 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, call information in while an Austrian Soldier is shown higher ground for him to set up for communications during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise being conducted at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training areas, May 15 - June 30, 2014. The exercise includes more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries

    U.S., Austrian forces at Combined Resolve II

    A Soldier of 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, call information in while an Austrian Soldier is shown higher ground for him to set up for communications during Combined Resolve II. Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army...

HOHENFELS, Germany (May 27, 2014) -- U.S. and Austrian Soldiers jumped out of Army UH-60 Black Hawks and Austrian helicopters to begin an air assault mission to attack and defend an operating base during Combined Resolve II.

This was just the beginning of the training exercise for the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, and Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces.

"Everyone's excited to be here and working with multinational forces," said 1st Lt. Benjamin Welch, of Charlie Company, 182nd Infantry Regiment.

Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, May 15 -- June 30, 2014. The exercise includes more than 4,000 participants and will train the U.S. Army's European Rotational Force alongside allies and partners from 14 European countries.

The training provided the U.S. and Austrian troops with an opportunity to become a smart, adaptable and capable unified unit.

"There's always challenges because you obviously have your language barrier and they [NATO and partner-nation forces] operate on a slightly different standard," said Welch.

Staff Sgt. David Duhart, of Charlie Company, agreed

"This [training] broadens your views on how other armies and other cultures handle situations," he said.

Combined Resolve II helps to develop technical and tactical interoperability among U.S., NATO and partner-nation forces, which was displayed when Austrian and U.S. aircraft dropped the Soldiers off at the beginning of the mission, and when the Austrians provided communications to call in air support, and other types of support, during the mock battle.

"It's quite awesome working with other countries because you learn so much," said Sgt. Robert Krassnig, of the Austrian forces.

Krassnig added that the need for training events such as the one they did are essential because of the uncertainty of situations in today's world; so that when the time comes, all of the forces will have to work together to accomplish the mission.

Although there are differences between the different countries that are participating in the Combined Resolve II exercise, the more training the forces do together, the more beneficial.

Cpl. Daniel Rothedeutsch of the Austrian forces, reinforced that benefit of this training by mentioning the language barrier during the training improves over time as the various countries spend more time with each other.

For more information on Combined Resolve II, go to the official exercise website at www.eur.army.mil/jmtc/CombinedResolve or check out the exercise on social media by searching for #CombinedResolve or visiting the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's social media @7thArmyJMTC.

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