• Sgt. Eric Sullins, with U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Calvary Regiment, holds the U.S. flag before the opening ceremonies of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

    Immediate Response 2012

    Sgt. Eric Sullins, with U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Calvary Regiment, holds the U.S. flag before the opening ceremonies of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

  • Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, speaks to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

    Immediate Response 2012

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, speaks to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

  • Soldiers from eight partnering NATO nations prepare to raise their flags after Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, spoke to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

    Immediate Response 2012

    Soldiers from eight partnering NATO nations prepare to raise their flags after Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, spoke to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012...

  • Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, speaks to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

    Immediate Response 2012

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of the Croatian Land Forces, speaks to a multinational armed forces formation, which begins day one of the Immediate Response 2012 training event held in Slunj, Croatia, May 26, 2012.

SLUNJ, Croatia (May 28, 2012) -- Immediate Response 12, or IR12, the multinational military exercise between U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Air Force, the Croatian Land Forces and partner militaries from six other Balkan nations, began with an opening ceremony here May 26.

Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, commander of Croatian Land Forces, spoke before the more than 700 participants.

"It is an honor to welcome you to the international military exercise Immediate Response 2012, here at the training area 'Eugen Kvaternik,' Slunj, one of the largest military installations in Croatia," Repic said.

U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment, along with members of the USAREUR staff and Joint Multinational Training Center, are supporting this Croatian-led multinational tactical field training exercise that also involves platoon-sized elements from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. Macedonia and Serbia will send observers to the exercise which is scheduled to take place from May 26 to June 9.

"In these following two weeks you will stand strong one beside another. I hope that the cooperation and team work will only flourish and that perhaps many new friendships amongst our armies will grow and sustain the weather of time," said Repinc. "So, without further adieu, I proudly pronounce the international military exercise "Immediate Response 2012" - OPEN! May it be a success and good luck to you all. "

To see more images from the opening ceremonies and exercise events throughout the next two weeks, visit the USAREUR Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usarmyeurope_images.

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