WIESBADEN, Germany (May 1, 2015) -- U.S. Army and Republic of Georgia Soldiers will train together as part of Exercise Noble Partner at the Vaziani Training Area in Georgia, May 11-25. Noble Partner is a new exercise, and part of Army Europe's continuing military-to-military relationship with Georgia.

Noble Partner will support Georgia's contribution of a light infantry company to NATO Response Force, or NRF, 2015 and 2016. The exercise will focus on unified land operations and is based on NATO standard operating procedures.

The exercise is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NRF interoperability in the context of military-to-military relationships.

U.S. participation includes a mechanized infantry company, from 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, which is part of the U.S. Army's regionally-aligned force and the U.S. contribution to NRF 2015. Additional forces from Army Europe include a rifle company of paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Exercise Noble Partner provides an opportunity for the U.S. military 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 can be used for disaster relief and greater cooperation in education and training.

Exercise Noble Partner will include approximately 600 U.S. and Georgian Service members incorporating a full range of equipment, including the U.S. Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and several wheeled-support vehicles. Georgian forces will operate alongside U.S. forces with their BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicle. The exercise will consist of both a field training exercise and a live-fire exercise. The 173rd Airborne will also partner with Georgian forces for airborne operations as part of the training.

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