US Army and 14 NATO allies improve interoperability throughout exercise Combined Resolve 24-01


U.S. armed forces with militaries from 14 NATO allies and partner countries initiated the 19th iteration of the annual joint combat operation exercise, Combined Resolve, Oct. 10, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center near Hohenfels, Germany.
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M1A2 Abrams of the 3rd Infantry Division driving from the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, to the Hohenfels Training Area, during exercise Combined Resolve 24-01, Oct. 22, 2023 (Picture source: U.S. Army/Sgt. Kenneth Rodriguez)


U.S. Army European and African Command directs Combined Resolve 24-01, which is scheduled to end Nov. 11, and includes nearly 4,000 participants with the main objectives of improving interoperability and deterring potential adversaries. “The significance of Combined Resolve is definitely interoperability between our troops and the allied nation troops, understanding their movements and being able to fight together instead of individually,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Cody Ghettie, a small unmanned aircraft system master trainer assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

The 7th Army Training Command provides the training areas and logistical support to ensure safety and operational readiness for every exercise conducted. Combined Resolve 24-01 is designed to prepare the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team to respond more effectively and efficiently in support of NATO deterrence initiatives by building and strengthening relationships with NATO countries. “We don’t always know how allied nations operate,” said Ghettie. “Being able to see each other working out in the field, using these systems, and understanding how their equipment works, and for them to familiarize with how our equipment works really gives us better knowledge of how our units can provide support.”

Combined Resolve 24-01 provides a great opportunity for U.S. Army soldiers to improve their ability to operate with allies through immersion in different nations’ cultures, languages, and technical and tactical systems. By the end of the exercise, participating NATO countries and the U.S. Army aspire to build and strengthen relationships, becoming more lethal in combat to deter potential adversaries.

Sgt. Bria Gates, a geospatial engineer for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division said, “I’m looking forward to learning a lot from our NATO partners on how they operate versus how we operate and how we can collaborate together and become one unit.”


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An Italian soldier of the 4th Tank Regiment provides security during Combined Resolve 24-01 (Picture source: U.S. Amy/Jaimee Perez)


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An M270 MLRS of the 1st Bn, 77th Field Artillery Rgt, 41st Field Artillery Bde, during exercise Combined Resolve 24-01 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center near Hohenfels, Germany, Oct. 20, 2023 (Picture source: U.S. Army/Spc. William Kuang)


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Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, train on assembling the Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 for Combined Resolve 24-01, Oct. 18, 2023 (Picture source: U.S. Army/Spc. William Kuang)


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