ROMANIA — Allied nations of the North American Treaty Organization recently participated in Exercise Black Scorpion where they displayed power, tactics and strategies from Nov. 21st through Nov. 25, 2022 at a forward operating site in Romania.
Romanian Col. Marian Cristurean and U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Williams, commander of the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jointly welcomed representatives from all allied nations who participated in the exercise during the opening ceremony.
Roughly 600 representatives from the allied nations showed up to a forward observation station in Romania to view the combined efforts of these NATO partners. From support elements to armored forces and light infantry everyone had their own important role to play.
“Understanding each other’s tactics and the way we think and approach problems, only expands our capabilities with this kind of training,” said Williams.
During this military operation in urban terrain training the U.S., Romanian and Portuguese military conducted breaching and clearing structures as well as moving through an urban area safely.
“Slow, deliberate and methodical is how we learn and building up muscle memory is our goal today,” said Sgt. Luke Giest assigned to 2nd Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “The next two days focused on defending and assaulting key positions in mountainous terrain using various tactics, gear and personnel. This highlighted key points of every nation's strengths and weaknesses, ultimately aiding in the growth of all allied nations in offenses and defenses.”
At the end of the training, Soldiers from all levels had a chance to explore equipment from the other nations, as well as discuss the similarities and differences between the nations in a relaxed environment.
“Working with the other countries out here actually puts things in a different perspective for me,” said Spc. Justine Cutler, assigned to G Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Seeing how similar we are has really boosted my confidence for if we work together in the future again.”
Exercise Black Scorpion was to show these forces adaptability as well as provide combat credible training giving them the means to develop the necessary readiness and lethality to defend against any adversary in all domains. These efforts have also ensured an increase in interoperability between the U.S., Romanian and Portuguese militaries.