DRESDEN, Germany -- Two of Army Europe's senior leaders met up with American Soldiers participating in Operation Dragoon Ride at a military museum, here, June 1.
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, and German Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, chief of staff, U.S. Army Europe, joined German Armed Forces, or Bundeswehr, officials, and met up with 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers during a stop at the Bundeswehr's Militärhistorisches Museum, or Museum of Military History.
During the stop, a range of military equipment from both the U.S. Army and Deutsches Heer, or German Army's, 12th Panzer Brigade, was set up including the U.S. Stryker, as well German Fennek and Fuchs reconnaissance vehicles.
Dragoon Ride II is being conducted with two separate road marches; Task Force Hell and Task Force Saber. The convoys will demonstrate U.S. land forces' dynamic presence throughout the region and exhibit freedom of movement from Germany to Estonia.
Throughout the movement, some logistical support will be provided by each allied country the vehicles drive through. Saber Strike 16 will commence once the troops arrive in Estonia.
Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint interoperability through a range of missions that prepares the 13 participating nations to support multinational contingency operations. The exercise serves as an effective proving ground for units to validate their ability to assemble rapid-reaction forces and deploy them on short notice where needed.
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