"What happened was that the individual Soldiers - the 'dogfaces' and the grunts - started interacting with each other and going home on pass together and meeting each others' families, and that led to acceptance. The diversity you see now comes from that."
-Joe Murchison, an African-American paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division, during the early integration years
Sixty years after integration, opportunities abound for minority Soldiers
Joint Task Force-East in Romania
What is it?
Joint Task Force-East is a U.S. European Command initiative designed to strengthen relationships between the United States and our Eastern European Allies. Operating from locations in Romania and Bulgaria, JTF-East consists of a headquarters and rotational units from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force that conduct training in both countries.
What has the Army done?
This summer, Soldiers from U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR), B Company, 1-4 Infantry from USAREUR's Joint Multinational Training Center, the New Mexico and Utah Army National Guard, and the Romanian 21st Mountain Battalion conducted joint and combined training in Romania. The events included live-fire exercises, tactical exercises in urban areas, and joint patrolling. By integrating both participating units and the JTF-East headquarters, Soldiers gained valuable experience with tactics and procedures of both militaries. The combined and joint training at JTF-East will prepare the Romanian 21st Mountain Battalion and B/1-4 IN for their deployment together to Afghanistan in January 2009. In addition to tactical training, humanitarian civic assistance projects were conducted. The U.S. Army European Regional Medical Command conducted medical assistance visits to five Romanian locations and provided eye exams to local citizens. U.S. Navy Seabees completed three projects including the renovation of a kindergarten. These projects illustrate the U.S. commitment to the Romanian people and our willingness to be good neighbors committed to improving local communities.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Events at JTF-East shift to Bulgaria later this summer where similar events are planned. With training areas suitable for training up to a brigade-sized, combined-arms formation and the addition of the expert trainers from the Joint Multinational Training Command, a fully instrumented, realistic training event is possible. Each event at JTF-East demonstrates its readiness to become a major training platform for NATO and other European nations.
Why is this important to the Army?
In these times of persistent conflict, coalition warfare is becoming the norm. Approximately 85 percent of our coalition partners in ISAF and 70 percent in OIF are from the European area of operations; JTF-E provides top quality training opportunities for U.S. and coalition partners. Training together allows U.S., NATO, and coalition troops to develop techniques, tactics and procedures that assist units in working together in combat, like the 21st Mountain Battalion (RO) and B/1-4 Infantry (US). The benefits of multinational training are key to increasing the capabilities of our coalition partners in the war on terrorism.
Joint Task Force East
JTF-East 2008 Rotation Opening Ceremony
JTF-E training kicks off in Romania
JTF-East training rotating from Romania to Bulgaria
U.S. paratroopers share airborne skills with Romanian counterparts
Round of training nears completion in Romania
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