Harrisburg – Airmen and Soldiers from Pennsylvania are deployed to Tapa, Estonia, supporting a U.S. Army multinational regional security exercise named Saber Strike 2012.
Pennsylvania National Guard members joined about 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, France, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom as participants in this annual cooperative exercise. The exercise rotates annually throughout the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
This year it is taking place in a number of Estonian and Latvian military training areas and will focus on mission planning and execution, a joint live-fire exercise involving close air support for ground maneuver forces, and many other skills required for coalition forces fighting in a modern warfare environment.
This annual exercise focuses on improving the ability to cooperatively operate between NATO nations and strengthen the relationship between military forces of the United States, Baltic nations and other participating nations.
Follow Saber Strike activities at the following web sites:
U.S. Army in Europe’s exercise page: http://goo.gl/m1Yuh
Flickr photo collection: http://goo.gl/2tmUQ
YouTube playlist: http://goo.gl/H6ZWc
Media contact: Staff Sgt. Matt Jones, 717-861-8352