Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Train With Russian Troops During 'Torgau' 2007 Exercise

  1. #1
    Creepy Ass Cracka & Site Owner Ryan Ruck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    24,640
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 67 Times in 66 Posts

    Default U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Train With Russian Troops During 'Torgau' 2007 Exercise

    U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Train With Russian Troops During 'Torgau' 2007 Exercise


    At the height of the Cold War, the idea of the armies of the U.S. and the Soviet Union training together, discussing operational tactics, or even just fraternizing on a personal level, would have seemed absurd. But today it's happening here, as U.S. Army Europe and Russian troops come together during the 2007 'Torgau' exercise.

    Just days before the 16th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, soldiers from the two nations are well into the two-week exercise, an event that is a mix of combined field and command post training and a chance for people and cultures to get better acquainted.

    The exercise began with Russian and American soldiers training together on weapons procedures and vehicle operations in preparation for situational training exercises in the second week of Torgau. But before they began the more intensive warfighting training required by the STX, the two armies enjoyed a "cultural day" of recreation and relaxation that included a basketball tournament, a strength contest, and a "run and shoot" competition.

    The basketball tournament pitted teams comprised of a mix of soldiers from both armies in a daylong competition. The strength contest pushed entrants in weightlifting and pull-up events designed to determine which soldier could display the greatest physical power. For the run and shoot competition, contestants had to run two miles to a range, fire a series of live rounds with M16 rifles, and then run back to the starting point.

    Russian Lt. Salim Pashtov, the first contestant to finish the run and shoot event, proclaimed it a great day for him and for both armies. "I am very proud," he said.

    The cultural activities also made it clear the two forces have much in common. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Borg of USAREUR's Joint Multi-National Readiness Center, the senior trainer for the Torgau exercise, said it was evident the two armies are not that different. "Both sides have been willing and eager to participate," Borg said. "Cultural day was an absolute success."

    "I think it went very well," added JMRC's Maj. Paul Weyrauch, assistant senior exercise trainer for Torgau. He said the cultural day was really about using healthy competition to build bonds between the two groups that would pay dividends in the latter half of the exercise and beyond.

    "It achieved what we wanted it to achieve," the major said.

    Weyrauch also said the Americans and Russians were able to meet the training objectives for the first week of the exercise without any major setbacks. "Last week was a great week by design," he said.

    Weyrauch and Borg said they were eager to test the bonds forged on cultural day at the STX lanes, where the two armies would be faced with realistic battlefield scenarios that would determine what level of interoperability the two had achieved up to that point.

    "Team building -- that's the one thing I would want to get out of this [exercise]," Borg said.

    "Our hope is that [the Russians] have a better understanding of how we operate," added Weyrauch.

    (WELL I DONíT!!!! )

    With those goals in mind, Torgau 2007 could well be a benchmark of the post-Cold War era that furthers a cooperative alliance between Russia and the U.S. and enhances the warfighting capacity of both nations.

    "We need every man in the fight," Borg said.
    Between these types of military exchanges with Russia and China, Iím sure they are learning a lot about our war doctrine and techniques.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Beetle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hillbilly
    Posts
    1,131
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Train With Russian Troops During 'Torgau' 2007 Exercise

    I am stunned by these comments:

    "Team building -- that's the one thing I would want to get out of this [exercise]," Borg said.

    "Our hope is that [the Russians] have a better understanding of how we operate," added Weyrauch.
    Beetle - Give me liberty or give me something to aim at.


    A monster lies in wait for me
    A stew of pain and misery
    But feircer still in life and limb
    the me that lays in wait for him


    Hey liberal!

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 15 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    You can't handle the truth!

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 15 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •