Ustka, Poland -- A multinational training event was coordinated between the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the Polish 3rd Surface to Air Missile Brigade, and the British 19th Tank Transporter Squadron in order to validate the ability of these units to interoperate during the recovery of non-mission capable of wrecked vehicles from June 6 to 7.
In a true testament to multinational interoperability service members from the 10th AAMDC, the Polish 3rd SAM Brigade, and the British 19th Tank Transporter Squadron were able to coordinate the recovery of a variety of vehicles originating from a multitude of nationalities through the collaboration of recovery personnel and assets from each of the units involved.
"Once we had the joint recovery plan coordinated, we knew it was time to test them." explained Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chris Dulaney, the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment's maintenance officer, "We had them recovering some really large assets which forced collaboration."
On the evenings of both the 6th and the 7th the multinational recovery teams received word that they were needed to recover a variety of assets. The team was then required to move out to the recovery site, confirm the location of the downed vehicles, evaluate the vehicles, and then move the vehicles to their appropriate areas for maintenance.
"It's really great getting to work with both these guys [Americans and Polish]," state Cpl. Leigh Hitchen, a section commander for the 19th Tank Transporter Squadron, "It's not something you get to do all the time."
Both iterations were executed flawlessly by the multinational recovery team, an obvious result of the hard work and communication that occurred between these three nations.