Training in the UK – U.S. Army Cavalry-style

By Maj. Junel Jeffrey

3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

After an already busy year involving a highly successful brigade rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, a joint Exportable Combat Training Center field training exercise with the Mississippi Army National Guard, the return of a battalion from Korea and numerous events in between, Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division once again left their homes at Fort Hood, Texas to embark on a unique mission.

Members of Greywolf staff traveled more than 4,850 miles to Westdown Camp in Salisbury, England to take part in Iron Resolve ’15, a integrated validation training exercise to test the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division on its ability to incorporate multinational forces – in this case the 3rd ABCT and the 1st Danish Brigade.

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Service members with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division pause with locals (center with blue shirt and barman) to take in a bit of British culture with locals at the Mallet Arms pub during Iron Resolve ’15, a command post exercise held at Westdown Camp near Salisbury, England. The exercise brought together British, Danish, and American soldiers to test their skills working together as a multinational force serving under the leadership of the 3rd (UK) Division. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Junel Jeffrey, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 1st Cavalry Division (released)

For three full weeks surrounded by the beautiful Salisbury countryside, Greywolf troopers are operating as a subordinate brigade within the 3rd (UK) Division, which is validating its ability to function as a command post. Beginning with a week of academics to introduce the training audience of more than 1000 British, American and Danish soldiers to various military topics and guest speakers, exercise mission planning commenced and the battles raged on within the simulated training world. From participating in operational planning teams to liaising division staff, brigade staff members used the training exercise to increase their individual leader development skills. Troopers also had opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture, as they learned about British cavalry history, ate in the dining facility, and worked daily Danish and British soldi

“Team Greywolf turned in a first-class performance and represented well for the 1st Cavalry Division and the U.S. Army during Iron Resolve ’15,” said Col. Matthew Van Wagenen, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. “Not only are we taking an active role in the warfighting capability development of the 3rd (UK) Division during its principal validation exercise, but we’re also learning new techniques, building relationships with key allies, and bridging multinational capability gaps to ensure our armies can seamlessly operate together on the modern battlefield anywhere in the world the mission may call.”

Cover Photo: Troopers with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division pose for a group photo at Stonehenge, an ancient temple in Salisbury, England, where the group is participating in a 3rd (United Kingdom) Division-led exercise called Iron Resolve ’15. The three-week command post exercise brought Danish, American and British soldiers to Westdown Camp for two weeks to test their skills working together as a multinational force serving under the leadership of the 3rd (UK) Division. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Junel Jeffrey, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 1st Cavalry Division (released)