ILLESHEIM, Germany – Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and nearly other 3,500 participants from seven ally and partner nations participated in Combined Resolve XIV, or CBR XIV, at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas.
“Combined Resolve is a great opportunity to enhance interoperability with ally and partner forces to fight and win against any adversary,” said Col. Travis Habhab, 101st CAB commander. “The Wings of Destiny are here in Grafenwoehr to train shoulder-to-shoulder with the very forces that we will fight with should we need to stand up to an oppositional force.”
CBR XIV is designed to evaluate and assess the readiness of the Soldiers of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, to fight and win. The September exercise also focused on strengthening interoperability with multinational partners.
Other units participating in Combined Resolve XIV include 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Europe; 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Arden Hills United States Army Reserve Center St. Paul, Minnesota; and 3rd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment of the Georgia National Guard.
Participating nations included France, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The 101st CAB, the rotational combat aviation brigade, provided aerial support to participants with capabilities including logistic, air assault and medical evacuation support throughout the training exercise.
“With such a big exercise, we get to test every piece of our brigade’s capabilities,” Habhab said. “From our pilots and flight crews to forward support companies to our maintenance crews, every link in the chain that makes us successful is tried and tested.
Combined Resolve is a bi-annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to give U.S. and NATO combat brigades in Europe the opportunity to train within a joint, multinational environment. For CBR XIV, the 101st CAB used the opportunity to validate and assess their command’s ability to operate within a large conventional multinational force.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center implemented a notional bubble that only exercise participants and staff could enter once each component completed their COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements before reporting to Hohenfels.
“We are proud to be working alongside our peers, our partners, our allies in this training exercise. These units are all well-led, well-trained, and well-prepared,” said Brig. Gen. Brett Sylvia, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (Forward). “Continuing training in this COVID-19 environment is important because you can’t telecommute to the battlefield, and this training gives us the opportunity to train in an environment we can’t replicate by any other means.”