Exercise Saber Junction 2012

Friday October 12, 2012

What is it?

Exercise Saber Junction is a joint, multinational exercise that will train U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment and partner and allied units in the Decisive Action Training Environment described in the most recent Army training doctrine, Unified Land Operations (Army Doctrine Publication 3-0). DATE is designed to prepare the "Dragoons" of 2nd Cav. Regt. and multinational Soldiers for "decisive and sustainable land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability operations appropriate to the mission and the environment."

Unique to this exercise is that the training will occur across an extensive maneuver rights area outside the bounds of Germany's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas. Units from 19 European nations will join 2nd Cav. Regt. in the training. Participating nations include Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

What has the Army done?

Decisive action is a pillar of the Army's Unified Land Operations doctrine. Its focus is on seizing, retaining, and exploiting the initiative to gain and maintain an advantage over complex threats during sustained land operations.

European troops account for 85 percent of the non-U.S. forces that make up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Every exercise builds on lessons learned from each previous exercise, and each country participating in Saber Junction will bring its military knowledge and tactical skills to bear to benefit all participants, building shared tactics, techniques and procedures that help ensure coalition partners fighting side by side can survive and win.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The U.S. Army in Europe will continue to use Saber Junction rotations to prepare for a broad range of contingency missions in contemporary and emerging operating environments. Saber Junction exercises provide a comprehensive approach, training Soldiers and units to fight in the most demanding and complex operating environments with allies and partner nations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Saber Junction will enhance joint and combined interoperability and build partner capacity among allied and partner nations through a focus on joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national integration while improving the combat readiness of 2nd Calvary Regiment and allies.

Resources:

Exercise Saber Junction 2012

Army Doctrine Publication 3-0 (Unified Land Operations) [PDF]

U.S. Army Europe

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