WIESBADEN, Germany -- Service members from the United States, Georgia and six other participating nations will train together July 30 to Aug. 12 during the third iteration of exercise Noble Partner.

The annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise will be hosted at the Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas in Georgia. Armenia, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom are also participating.

The goal of Noble Partner 17 is to support the training, evaluation and eventual certification of Georgia's second light infantry company contribution to the NATO Response Force (NRF) for 2017. Although Georgia is not a member of NATO, it and other NATO partners voluntarily contribute to the NRF.

The exercise affords participating nations an opportunity to train in a multinational environment while enhancing cooperation and interoperability. Leaders at all levels get the chance to exercise staffs in mission planning, command and control, movement and maneuver, and the execution of complex joint and combined operations.

There are six key training events during the exercise:
• U.S. Naval Forces Europe equipment transfer from Burgas Port, Bulgaria, to Poti Port, Georgia
• Tactical road march to Vaziani training area by U.S. and Slovenian forces
• Combined arms live-fire exercise by U.S. 2nd Cavalry Regiment and Slovenian wheeled infantry carrier vehicles
• Two Airborne operations led by the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
• Joint live-fire with the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and Georgia's 4th Mechanized Brigade
• Combined arms live-fire exercise built around a defensive scenario.

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