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Bradleys take part in live fire exercise

Photo: U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

 

Soldiers from various European countries along with the US are taking part in exercise Combined Resolve XII. Combined Resolve XII includes more than 5,000 participants from 21 nations: Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.

U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

As part of the exercise, US soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, participated in a live-fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany this week.

U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

As part of the first phase of Combined Resolve XII, which began on August 1, 1-4 CAV conducted blank and dry fire events to build repetition and the ability to adjust fire, in order to conduct a safe live-fire exercise.

U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

“We got to shoot a lot of rounds so it was an awesome opportunity,” said Lt. Mark Lister, white platoon leader with 1-4 Cav., 1st ABCT, 1st ID. “We should be ready to go to the box with all of this training that we’ve done and make sure that we established some good troop and platoon TTPs [tactics techniques and procedures] and get after it in Hohenfels.”

U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

The second phase of Combined Resolve XII is a force on force exercise where soldiers and leaders will conduct large-scale maneuver operations to validate their ability to fight and win against a peer or near-peer threat as an allied force. This phase takes place at Hohenfels Training Area until August 27.

U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles during a live fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Photo US Army / Sgt. Thomas Mort

“I just like that raw power that raw feeling that you get shooting the gun, it’s really fun,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen Davis, Bradley commander with 1-4 Cav., 1st ABCT, 1st ID. “We shot really well, no malfunctions, everything went exactly as we planned.” Exercise Combined Resolve is a U.S. Army Europe exercise series held twice a year in southeastern Germany.

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