'Allied Spirit VI' training exercise supports joint defence resolution
Up to 70 air and ground soldiers from the 22nd Helicopter Air Force Base at Namest nad Oslavou, and operating Mil Mi-24/35 and Mil Mi-171S helicopters, participated in a three-week allied exercise at the Hohenfels Training Area in Germany.
Major Jan Vanicky, Commander of the Czech unit and a Mil Mi-24/35 helicopter pilot told reporters, "We really admire how these training exercises are executed with such an authentic feel and with top level combat scenarios. For instance, the simulated live-fly training exercise included unexpected alerts and warning systems used to prevent "the enemy" from accessing or attacking the Command Post, the ground air equipment and the other Hohenfels facilities.“
The exercise was organised by the Joint Multinational Readiness Centre at Hohenfels, which falls under the remit of the U.S. 7th Army Training Command, Europe. The training focused on air defence operations, coordination of air and ground forces, close air support, and Special Forces support.
The aim of “Allied Spirit VI“ was to bolster the readiness of participating units and demonstrate the capacity for effective cooperation between NATO and the Partnership for Peace partners in carrying out joint ground operations. A majority of the participants were from the US Army and US National Guard, and the overall number of 2,770 soldiers also comprised of military personnel from Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, and Slovenia.
By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek
March 31, 2017