Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
1 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Jatto, an assistant battalion fire support officer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sends a situational report to his higher headquarters during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 28, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
2 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Finnish soldiers of the Jaeger and Kainuu Brigades discuss map coordinates during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
3 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pfc. Eli Thorne, a fire support specialist assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives a situational report on the radio during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 28, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
4 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, Finnish army Cpl. Tuukka Knuutinen of the Jaeger Brigade and U.S. Army Pfc. Ricardo Castillo, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss the most recent report during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 28, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
5 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pfc. Ricardo Castillo, a signal support specialist assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits coordinates during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 28, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
6 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, Norwegian army radio operator Pvt. Adrian Isaksen, assigned to Finnmark Land Command, waits for the platoon leader to relay information during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
7 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Norwegian army platoon leader relays information through the radio during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
8 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Cox, an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security by his foxhole during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
9 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Finnish army Cpl. Lauri Kontila, assigned to the Jaeger Brigade, gives a thumbs-up after a force-on-force exercise during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL
Partner Nations Train Together in Finland
10 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. and Finnish soldiers confirm a land mine count after training during exercise Ryske at Rovajärvi Training Area, Finland, July 27, 2022. Ryske 22 is a combined, joint training exercise conducted by the United States, Finland, and Norway to strengthen relations and help build interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marimar Rivera Medina) VIEW ORIGINAL

ROVANIEMI, Finland – Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Finnish army Jaeger and Kainu Brigades, and Norwegian army Finnmark Land Command conducted the joint training exercise Ryske 22 in Rovajäri Training Area, Finland, June 27, 2022.

Over 700 U.S., Finnish, and Norwegian soldiers conducted force-on-force operations training, learning tactical skills to build technical and procedural interoperability and more cohesive teams.

Ryske 22 is part of the training event Pole Star of the Finnish Summer Exercises, a multi-national training exercise conducted on various bases throughout Finland, running from the end of June to September.

"It has been a great opportunity. Our soldiers have been able to train in a different environment and have had many learning experiences,' said U.S. Army Maj. Jayson Szorady, operations officer for the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "Every environment is challenging; every multi-national exercise comes with its cultural challenges; it has been very fulfilling to see how the young Soldiers have progressed from being very shy to, in a few days, sharing and laughing with soldiers from Norway and Finland."

The main goal of the Summer Finnish Exercises is to develop interoperability and combined operational capabilities in an arctic environment. Both the Jaeger and the Kainuu Brigade maintain readiness in their responsibility area and give high-quality training for the conscripts and reservists alike.

"This has been a learning phase for our conscripts, to see the different nations use their tactics in the Finnish terrain," said Finnish army Maj. Timo Rusanen, a planning officer assigned to the Kainuu Brigade. "Have the teams understand what works and what doesn't and combine their tactics to achieve the goal."

The 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, is among other units assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, proudly working alongside regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps, America's forward-deployed corps in Europe.