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Comment by harold goldstein on April 30, 2018 at 3:43pm

04.20.2018
Story by Capt. Gary Loten-Beckford (DVIDS)
Battle Group Poland

BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland—NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland after a year as an established and legitimate battle group in the Baltic Region conducts a transfer of authority ceremony for the third rotational unit.

Battle Group Poland, commanded by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Cheney also serves as commander of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack, Vilseck, Germany transfers authority to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Adam Lackey, commander of 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- War Eagles here April 20.

Cheney, led elements of the multinational unit for the past six months. The U.S.-led battle group, comprise of U.S., U.K., Romanian and Croatian soldiers, serve with the Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade as a deterrence and defense force in northeast Poland in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.

For the past six months, the multinational unit trained together in numerous operational and training exercises. The Croatian Volcano Battery conducted their first fires coordination exercise outside its country’s border. The Romanian Army Air Ground and Defense Battery “Black Bats” enhanced their capabilities through practice of targeting and launching munitions from their 35-mm cannons. The U.K. Light Dragoons, Balaklava Troop soldiers engaged in winter training, patrolling tactics and sniper training in support of the battle group. The U.S. Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack conducted squad and troop live fire exercises and validated their squadron capabilities in a squadron live fire exercise.

The lead up to the NATO eFP Battle Group Poland tested and prepared Soldiers, leaders and equipment of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack.

“The year prior to our deployment we deployed and trained with our NATO allies, specifically troops were sent to Romania and Croatia,” said Cheney. “Subsequently, Romania and Croatia deployed elements here to the battle group that further enhanced cultural understanding and training.”

Key preparation before the squadron’s deployment occurred in May 2017. This preparation came in the name of Saber Junction ’17, a U.S. Army Europe-directed exercise designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s Stryker-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment to conduct unified land operations with a particular emphasis on rehearsing the transition from garrison to combat operations, and exercising operational and tactical decision-making skills.

Battle Group Poland over the span of six months practiced, rehearsed and executed means of enhancing both digital and analog Common Operating Pictures (COPs) for mutual understanding.Through extensive staff preparation and use of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) potential hazards and gaps were replaced with measures that secured mission success.

In January 2018, Bull Run III was the first major alert exercise and test of the battle group. Communicating as a battle group within a multinational unit was the overall objective. Speed, freedom of movement, defense capabilities and offensive operations were important functions of a multinational unit like that of the Battle Group Poland.

“To overcome and adjust around our challenges we implemented liaison officers and applied people to overcome technical obstacles,” said Cheney. 

The next six months training of the Battle Group Poland will cover combined arms live fire exercises, tests and enhancement in interoperability and defining a mutual understanding through enhanced joint capabilities training. These small-scaled training exercises lead up to Saber Strike 18. Saber Strike is a long-withstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise that helps facilitate cooperation amongst the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland with allied and partner nations.

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 28, 2018 at 1:37pm

Comment by gene gunia on April 28, 2018 at 8:39am

Harold,yes,i was 2nd cav from basic to discharge

Comment by Harry Warner on April 27, 2018 at 1:36pm

Right you are Ernie.  Excitement awaits!  Now for a couple hog mollies and we're off and running.  

Comment by harold goldstein on April 27, 2018 at 11:43am

Ernie, I am proud that I remembered the name.  That has to be the plane.  I believe that they did not do commercial flights like TWA

Gene, were you with the 2nd when you came home?

I came home in March and went by Navy Ship.  took 2 weeks to get to Brooklyn

Comment by gene gunia on April 27, 2018 at 9:00am

ernie,harold.i flew home in july of 1959 on a military matts airliner, the equivalent of a dc6 four engine prop job by way of preswick,scotland,gander newfinland and the to mcquire in nj.  18 hours

Comment by ErnieKeel on April 27, 2018 at 7:17am

Harry, We got our man! I caught Bob Papas' interview with him (Barkely) and he sounds like a first class gentleman. 

Comment by ErnieKeel on April 27, 2018 at 7:13am

Harold that must of been some flight. Sounds like this DC-4

Comment by harold goldstein on April 26, 2018 at 9:59am

IT WAS A FOUR ENGINE PROP.  THEY DID NOT HAVE PASSENGER JETS THEN.

BUT THE RUSSIANS DID LAND A PASSENGER JET AT MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE IN 1957

Comment by harold goldstein on April 26, 2018 at 9:55am

MY IMAGINATION MIGHT BE PICTURING IT BIGGER THAN IT WAS.

THE NAME WAS 'SEABOARD AND WESTERN'

WE WERE IN THE BROOKLYN NAVY TERMINAL WAITING FOR THE BUSES TO TAKE US TO IDLE WILD AIRPORT (NOW JFK). THE SARGE GOT DRUNK AND SENT THE BUSES AWAY. WHEN THEY FINALLY PICKED US UP THEY DROVE RIGHT INTO THE HANGER NOT LETTING US SAY GOODBYE TO OUR FAMILY WAITING THERE.

THE PLANE WAS ABOUT  3  - 5 --3 SEATING WISE  MANY ROWS BACK.  DURING THE FLIGHT I REMEMBER SARGE SHAVING.

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO LAND IN SHANNON IRELAND BUT THE WHEELS WOULDN'T GO DOWN SO THEY WENT STRAIGHT TO FRANKFURT WHILE SOME GUYS WERE CRANKING DOWN THE WHEELS.  WE LANDED SAFELY 

 

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