LITOCHORO, Greece -- Aviation Soldiers with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and the Hellenic Army conducted a combined arms live fire exercise (CALFEX) at Litochoro, Greece, January 24.
U.S. and Hellenic forces exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to increase overall lethality as a NATO force, enhance the ability to work with outside organizations, and train tactical capabilities with live fire exercises.
"Our mission here is to enable Atlantic Resolve rotational forces to maintain readiness and accomplish assigned missions, deter potential threats, and support defense of NATO allies while strengthening multi-national interoperability," said U.S. Army Capt. Mitchell McKearn, the officer in charge and lead planner of the CALFEX. "This country provides a very unique training opportunity by working with the Hellenic aviation and marines, while being able to train over-water operations, high altitude mountain training, and weather conditions that are beneficial for flight training."
This CALFEX is the first in which a U.S. aviation rotational force trained with Greek attack aircraft and ground forces alongside U.S. unmanned aviation systems, medical evacuation, lift, and Apache support. In less than 30 days, 4th CAB quickly deployed as a task force to an austere area and established a cohesive unified team.
Task Force Kronos consists of 4th CAB's 6th Helicopter Attack Recon Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, the Hellenic 32nd Marines Brigade and 1st Army Aviation Brigade, as well as tactical air control party specialists with the U.S. Air Force 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron.
"We believe that these exercises will bring more benefits between the troops of the NATO alliance," said Hellenic Army Maj. George Manolis, commander with the 505th Marines Battalion. "They give us the opportunity to learn from troops that have been deployed all around the world and use technologies that are new to us."
4th CAB has been present in Greece since November 2018 and operations are still ongoing.