A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and a Portuguese Soldier provide tactical medical care for a simulated casualty in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and a Portuguese Soldier provide tactical medical care for a simulated casualty in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Pvt. Logan Childers and Pvt. Adrian Zavla,  Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, bound toward a casualty during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. Logan Childers and Pvt. Adrian Zavla, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, bound toward a casualty during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, move a simulated casualty during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, move a simulated casualty during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division participate in a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
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A Romanian sniper aims down his sights during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division execute a multinational live-fire exercise with NATO allies from Romania, Poland and Portugal  in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 27, 2021. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
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CINCU, Romania — The Joint National Training Center in Cincu, Romania, is a critical training area for U.S. Army Soldiers and their North Atlantic Treaty Organization nation counterparts to build upon their relationships, and tactically integrate with other militaries of NATO. U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, participated in this partnership building Sept. 22 - 27, at the Joint National Training Center.

During the week, the 1st Infantry Division Soldiers executed a multitude of situational training exercises that incorporated foreign service members from Portugal, Poland, and Romania. These exercises ranged from key leader engagement scenarios and tactical patrols, to securing strategic objectives.

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and a Portuguese Soldier provide tactical medical care for a simulated casualty in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and a Portuguese Soldier provide tactical medical care for a simulated casualty in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Koger, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, detains a prisoner of war during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Koger, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, detains a prisoner of war during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, a portuguese Soldier and a Romanian Soldier meet with the “mayor” of a town during a simulated key leader engagement training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021.  The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, a portuguese Soldier and a Romanian Soldier meet with the “mayor” of a town during a simulated key leader engagement training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, works with a Portuguese Soldier to check an abandoned building during a simulated key leader engagement training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively.
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, works with a Portuguese Soldier to check an abandoned building during a simulated key leader engagement training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. The U.S. Army’s battlefield systems and technologies must work and communicate in concert with those of our allies and partners so we can leverage these relationships and fight smarter and more effectively. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL

“I was the platoon leader for 2nd Platoon,” said 1st Lt. Raine Ryerson, Alpha Company, 1-16th IN ,1st ABCT, 1st ID. “My job was to control the flow and the tempo of the platoon conducting their mission. Calling in assets when I need to and feeding information to the foreign national commander.”

For many of the U.S. Soldiers this was their first time working with the Portuguese Armed Forces. U.S. Army Pfc. Alexis Lima, assigned to Alpha Company, 1-16th IN, 1st ABCT, 1st ID, participated in a Key Leader Engagement scenario with Portuguese soldiers.

“I really enjoyed today's training and it was really cool working with a foreign military,” Lima said. “My favorite part was just being able to do something different. Usually I’m a rifleman or grenadier, but today I got to assist in the capture and securing of enemy prisoners of war.”

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division call in a medical evacuation during  a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division call in a medical evacuation during a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
Romanian Soldiers assault a bunker during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Romanian Soldiers assault a bunker during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. Daron Hutson, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pulls security during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Daron Hutson, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pulls security during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 22, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division pose for a photo with NATO allies from Romania, Poland and Portugal  in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 27, 2021. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
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Interoperability is more than just equipment and systems, it is about processes and relationships as well. Training like this gives the opportunity for multiple nations to integrate and communicate in order to assess each nation’s capabilities and the ways in which their tactics differ. This helps bridge the challenges of language barriers and cultural differences.

“Training with the U.S. Soldiers was a very good opportunity for all of my soldiers and myself,” said Luis Silva, a company commander in the Portuguese Army. “It is very beneficial to be able to share information and knowledge on how we can work together and learn from each other. This way we can prove our capacity to work together like our NATO partnership calls for.”

After multiple days of situational training lanes, the week wrapped up with a multinational live-fire exercise. The live-fire incorporated service members from the U.S., Romania, Portugal and Poland.

This training was a building block that the “Iron Rangers” will use to prepare for their upcoming exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Training Area, Germany. It is there that the Soldiers of 1-16th IN, 1st ABCT, 1st ID, will participate in an extended multinational field training exercise.

As the “Iron Rangers" continue their nine-month Atlantic Resolve rotation, the battalion continually seeks opportunities to build upon these partnerships and enhance interoperability.

U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Koger, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division pulls security during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Koger, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division pulls security during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division execute a multinational live-fire exercise with NATO allies from Romania, Poland and Portugal  in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 27, 2021. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division execute a multinational live-fire exercise with NATO allies from Romania, Poland and Portugal in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 27, 2021. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
A M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division moves  toward an objective during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division moves toward an objective during a multinational situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. This training was a part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. Soldiers executed with multinational partners from Romania, Poland and Portugal. Interoperability is key to the Army Vision, it is critical that the U.S. stands side-by-side with our allies and partners to maintain overmatch and increase lethality against future threats. (Photo Credit: Spc. Joshua Cowden) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division participate in a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23, 2021. The training incorporated Soldiers from Poland, Romania and Portugal, and enhanced the interoperability between the NATO allies.
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“Interoperability is very important to us because we are here as a part of NATO, and we are trying to build stability and peace throughout all of Europe,” Ryerson said. “I think when we get a chance to work with other nations it makes them more confident in our abilities and allows us to see what they bring to the table as well.”

The deployment of ready, combat-credible U.S. forces to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve is evidence of the strong and unremitting U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe. Through continuous, multinational training and security cooperation activities, Atlantic Resolve builds readiness, increases interoperability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries.

To learn more about Atlantic Resolve, visit this website: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/AtlanticResolve/