By Maj. Charles CalioSeptember 11, 2017
SENNELAGER TRAINING AREA, Germany - Members of C Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment (1-125IN) of the Michigan Army National Guard, arrived Sept. 10, 2017 at Sennelager Training Area to conduct unit specific, and joint training exercises with members of the United Kingdom's Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY).
"We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to train with our NATO allies, and to learn from their experiences," said Capt. John Roland, commander of C Company. "This is an invaluable training experience for our Soldiers, and I'm confident we will learn a lot from our U.K. counterparts, as well as teach them about American tactics and operations."
The 1-125IN will focus on Expeditionary Deployment Operations as well as Platoon Movement to Contact, Platoon Attack Battle Drills and combined arms maneuver with the RWxY in order to increase interoperability between the two nations for future operations.
The 1-125IN is headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan and is a part of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team located in Ohio. C Company of the 1-125IN is headquartered in Wyoming, Michigan.
The 1-125IN most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, where each company deployed with a security force assistance team to conduct security force missions to secure advising teams during key leader engagements and other meetings with their Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) counterparts. The SFATs partnered, assisted and advised their counterparts initially on operations, rule of law, logistics, training/administration, government/development and maintenance/signal. The other efforts included logistics and human resource operations, with the intent of enabling the ANSF to be self-sustaining to increase their operational capabilities.