NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria -- The U.S. Army hosted a Russian inspection team to observe exercise Saber Guardian training activities at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, and Cincu, Romania, July 11 and 13-14.
The inspection team observed Saber Guardian in Bulgaria and Getica Saber in Romania.
Saber Guardian 17 is a U.S. European Command, U.S. Army Europe-led annual exercise taking place in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania in July. The exercise involves more than 25,000 service members from 22 ally and partner nations.
Getica Saber 17 is a fire support coordination exercise and a combined arms live-fire exercise, which will include the massing of Soldiers, equipment and capabilities from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; 1st Cavalry Division (Division Artillery); Romanian 2nd Infantry Division, 282nd Infantry Mechanized Brigade; Romanian 8th LAROM Brigade and other military assets from Armenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Ukraine.
Participating nations are building readiness and improving interoperability under a unified command, executing a full range of military missions to support the security and stability of the Black Sea region. It is deterrence in action.
Also on hand for the inspection were liaison officers from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-Europe.
DTRA teams act as liaisons for inspections by protecting U.S. assets while also facilitating the rights of the inspection team to make sure the Army's training in Europe continues to be transparent.
The Vienna Document 2011 is composed of politically binding confidence and security-building measures designed to increase openness and transparency concerning military activities conducted inside the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's zone of application.
A variety of information exchanges, on-site inspections, evaluation visits, observation visits and other military-to-military contacts take place according to Vienna Document 2011 provisions. For the United States and Canada, only military forces and activities inside the zone of application are impacted.
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