Soldiers from Public Health Activity Rheinland-Pfalz' ten different geographic sites throughout Germany and Belgium visited the Grafenwoehr Training Area for the battalion Annual Training Exercise March 16-23.
According to Lt. Col. Kenneth Spicer, PHA-RP Commander, "the exercise was decisive in meeting Army Warrior Task training requirements, building the team, and developing key leaders in the midst of a challenging mission command environment."
Soldiers participated in day and night land navigation; a 10-mile ruck march; leader reaction course and aerial medical evacuation during this intense week of training.
The North Knights enabled peak readiness and exemplified four U.S. Army Europe pillars during this exercise:
Empowering and developing junior leaders: primary instructors for each lane and event were junior NCOs or company grade officers.
Integration of U.S. Army Reserve: the battalion maintained rear detachment operations at each veterinary branch, utilizing key support from Army Reserve veterinarians, food inspectors, and animal care technicians.
Allies and Partners: Soldiers practiced interoperability with medical elements of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and 12th Combat Aviation Brigade aeromedical evacuation assets. The capstone training event was patient treatment and aeromedical evacuation, supported by these partner units.
Dynamic Presence: the unit ensured seamless garrison operations and access to care at Veterinary Treatment Facilities, while enabling forward deployed training without distractors.
Lastly, the North Knights hosted a battalion Dining-In as the final event. "It was a week full of optimized development opportunities that ultimately improved readiness and boosted esprit-de-corps," Spicer said.