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VIDEO: German army leads thousands of multinational troops at US training area exercise

German soldiers from Alpha Company, German Mechanized Infantry, provide suppressive fire during exercise Allied Spirit X in Hohenfels, Germany, April 5, 2019. Exercise Allied Spirit X includes approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations, March 30-April 17, 2019, at the 7th Army Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area in Southeastern Germany. Allied Spirit is a U.S. Army Europe-directed, 7th Army Training Command-conducted multinational exercise series designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions. (Spc. Shawn Pierce/U.S. Army)
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Germany’s 1st Armored Division is spearheading a “unique” multinational exercise bringing together thousands of U.S. and allied troops in a training area in the southeast, officials said.

Exercise Allied Spirit X is a series of training exercises where countries rotate as the brigade headquarters to lead the exercise. Thus, “all participating nations gain experience working together in, and for, a multinational effort,” the U.S. Army said in a statement.

One focus is testing each nation’s ability to communicate during a fight, officials said.

Approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations, including 1,300 Americans, are taking part in the drills at the U.S. Army’s Hohenfels training area from March 30 until April 17.

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During the exercise, soldiers are also developing a variety of skills, such as house-to-house combat, where soldiers clear rooms against a fictitious enemy force. They are also conducting large-scale mock battles, complete with a slew of fighting vehicles from the participating countries. The exercise also serves as a way for participants to test out modern warfare techniques in a multinational setting, like deploying small drones to scout for enemy positions.

Allied Spirit X is “unique in its ability to provide hands-on experience and testing of secure communications between NATO allies and partners,” according to a U.S. Army statement.

The enemy forces are played by some of the 1,300 U.S. troops involved. Other participants include allied and partner nations such as Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey and Israel.

German tank crews maneuver their Leopard 2A6 Main Battle tanks during convoy operations in Hohenfels, Germany, April 6, 2019. Exercise Allied Spirit X includes approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations, March 30-April 17, 2019, at the 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in Southeastern Germany. Allied Spirit is a U.S. Army Europe-directed, 7th Army Training Command-conducted multinational exercise series designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions. (Sgt. Judge Jones/U.S. Army)

“It is a great opportunity to exercise in Hohenfels, since with the exception of the German army training area in Letzlingen, there would be nothing equivalent in Europe,” German Maj. Gen. Juergen-Joachim von Sandrart said, according to the news portal Onetz.de.

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He said he would like to send one of his four brigades to Hohenfels every year.

Makenzie Velarde, assigned to 100th Military Police Detachment, Military Working Dog unit, conducts a security patrol with her dog, Nitro, during Allied Spirit X at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, April 7, 2019. Exercise Allied Spirit X includes approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations, March 30 – April 17, 2019, at the 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany. Allied Spirit is a U.S. Army Europe-directed, 7th Army Training Command-conducted multinational exercise series designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions. (1st Sgt. Mark Hanson, 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/U.S. Army)

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