MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania -- Troopers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, participated in a rehearsal of concept drill alongside soldiers belonging to the Romanian Land Forces, in preparation for the unit's upcoming Cavalry March at Mikhail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 11, 2015.
Soldiers from the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the 4-3 Assault Helicopter Battalion and the 709th Military Police Battalion were also in attendance.During the drill, plans for the 400 Kilometer vehicle road march from MK air base to the Cincu Training Center, were discussed and finalized."The purpose of this mission is simply reassurance to our NATO Allies, especially Romania," said Lt. Col. Theodore A. Johnson, 2nd Squadron Commander. "This will also be a combined effort to show interoperability and we will defer to the Romanian Armed Forces on all coordination and emerging issues."
The event, though focused on the transportation of troopers and their vehicles, will also include stops in local townships, allowing for the soldiers to interact with the local populace while helping to increase relations between the unit and it's host nation.
Civilians, spectators and Romanian citizens will be able to interact with the troopers during their stops along the route with events such as vehicle and helicopter static displays as well as a planned basketball and soccer game with local children.
"This event will demonstrate our strong relationship with Romania and our ability to move freely along interior lines across the NATO Alliance," said Johnson.
Interested parties will also be able to follow the events online, as they are posted, under the hash tags, #CavalryMarch and #MarsulCavaleriei.
Other events, such as a World War II Wreath Laying Ceremony and the Brasov Welcoming Ceremony, will bring a touch of realism to the soldiers involved, by symbolizing both respect for the past and hope for the future.
To follow along with the unit as they make their way across Romania in preparation for their training at the Cincu Training Center, make sure to look out for the hash tags posted above.