Third Infantry Division conducts command post exercise

By Capt. Charlie EganNovember 6, 2023

Servicemembers awarded unit coins for CPXIII
Maj. Gen. Christopher Norrie, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Marne, awards Cpt. Kyla Nichols, National Security Law Attorney of Headquarters Support Company, with a unit coin of excellence for her work during the Command Post Exercise III on Forward Operating Site Boleslawiec, Poland, Nov. 3, 2023. Select Soldiers were selected to participate in exercises which tested their skills and abilities in simulated scenarios. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Moses Howard) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Moses Howard II) VIEW ORIGINAL

BOLESŁAWIEC, Poland –The 3rd Infantry Division built combat readiness through participation in a multi-domain, multi-corps, and multinational operations command post exercise, also known as CPX III, alongside Estonian and Lithuanian military members, Oct. 27 through Nov. 3.

The CPX is part of the Allied Spirit exercise series, a U.S. European Command-directed multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S. and NATO allies and partners. This exercise, along with the other exercises in the Allied Spirit series support V Corps’ mission to increase higher headquarters readiness in NATO and reassure our commitment to partners and allies in the region.

The exercise bolstered the readiness of the division and exhibited the scalability, flexibility, and survivability of the mobile command post to NATO allies and partners, while simultaneously demonstrating the interoperability of each participating nation.

“This exercise was a great opportunity to test our command and control and interoperability with partner nations,” said Col. Jason Rosenstrauch, the 3rd Infantry Division Chief of Staff. “Now we can see where our strengths and weaknesses are and learn from them.”

The 3rd Infantry Division takes part in warfighter exercise
Staff Sgt. Christian Lopera, left, an army cyber network defender, and Cpt. Stephen Harding, right, G-6 plans officer, both assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, conducts assessments of simulated threats and vulnerabilities during a warfighter exercise on Fort Stewart, Georgia, Nov. 15, 2022. A warfighter exercise is a 10-day training event used as a capstone for division and corps echelons and is typically conducted bi-annually. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Duke Edwards, 50th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Spc. Duke Edwards) VIEW ORIGINAL

Throughout the exercise, the division integrated liaisons from the Lithuanian defense forces. Like other NATO allies, the Lithuanians use similar procedures, doctrine, and the same military decision-making process.

The Army deploying to multiple locations across Europe has provided the opportunity to work with international partners. 3rd Infantry Division has held this mission for nearly two months.

Servicemembers awarded unit coins for CPXIII
Maj. Gen. Christopher Norrie, commanding general of 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Marne, addresses servicemembers during the Command Post Exercise III award ceremony at Forward Operating Site Boleslawiec, Poland, Nov. 3, 2023. Norrie expressed the importance of the training exercise would test Soldier capabilities to aid countries in need. (U.S. Army photo taken by Staff Sgt Moses Howard II) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

“The ability to establish the [main command post] at [Bolesławiec] has allowed our partners and allies to come and see our processes,” said Maj Gen. Chris Norrie, the 3rd ID commanding general. “Their support, as well as the stalwart friendship and hospitality of the Polish Armed Forces has made this mission so successful for other Army units, and this exercise is further proof of that alliance.”