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Red Arrow soldiers deployed in Ukraine for multinational mission

Photo: A T-64 tank from 93rd Mechanized Brigade, Armed Forces Ukraine, participates in battalion-level training exercises. Spc. Jared Saathoff / US Army

 

Earlier this month approximately 160 US soldiers with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters company deployed to Ukraine as Task Force Juvigny and assumed responsibility of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine at the Combat Training Center, Yavoriv.

Soldiers from 93rd Mechanized Brigade, Armed Forces Ukraine, participate in battalion-level training exercises. Spc. Jared Saathoff / US Army

The soldiers were selected for their unique skills and expertise in a variety of disciplines.

Task Force Juvigny, along with NATO allies Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Lithuania, and Poland are in Ukraine to aid and support Armed Forces Ukraine’s training abilities along with increasing NATO interoperability with Ukraine.

BMP-1s from 93rd Mechanized Brigade, Armed Forces Ukraine, participate in battalion-level training exercises. Spc. Jared Saathoff / US Army

“Our main goal is NATO interoperability,” said Sgt. 1st Class Brandon McKaig. He said one of the challenges had been with equipment interoperability. “But our Ukrainian partners overcome this challenge by being very competent and capable.”

“We’ve also been working a lot with our British counterpart and learning from him,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kirsten Schultz, adding “there’s more than one way to skin an apple and I’m learning a lot about how to better plan, or plan different, for missions back home in Wisconsin.”

A T-64 tank from 93rd Mechanized Brigade, Armed Forces Ukraine, participates in battalion-level training exercises. Spc. Jared Saathoff / US Army

The JMTG-U mission is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to Ukraine’s long-term military reform and to help improve Ukraine’s internal defence capabilities and training capacity.

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