Romanian MPs take flight with 2-10 CAB

Romanian Army soldiers attached to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base race to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter upon receiving commands from their U.S. Army instructor, March 8, 2017. The combined training between the Romanian forces and the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade focused on the challenges involved in successfully performing air assault operations. The Romanian-U.S. collaboration during the exercise is an integral part of the larger Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that enhances regional stability and deters aggression across eastern Europe. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Romanian Army soldiers attached to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base race to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter upon receiving commands from their U.S. Army instructor, March 8, 2017. The combined training between the Romanian forces and the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade focused on the challenges involved in successfully performing air assault operations. The Romanian-U.S. collaboration during the exercise is an integral part of the larger Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that enhances regional stability and deters aggression across eastern Europe. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nicholas Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL Soldiers from the Romanian and U.S. military gather upon completion of a ceremony commemorating International Women's Day, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, March 8, 2017. The soldiers present were from the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Romanian Military Police Company attached to the air base, and they had just participated in joint air assault training that featured UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The training exercise was part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners to enhance regional stability and deter aggression in eastern Europe. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the Romanian and U.S. military gather upon completion of a ceremony commemorating International Women’s Day, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, March 8, 2017. The soldiers present were from the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Romanian Military Police Company attached to the air base, and they had just participated in joint air assault training that featured UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The training exercise was part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners to enhance regional stability and deter aggression in eastern Europe. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nicholas Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL Dropping to the ground after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Romanian Army soldiers assigned to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, assume a defensive posture during air assault operations training, March 8, 2017. Along with U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, the Romanians flew to a nearby location where numerous air assault techniques were practiced. The training is an integral part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that significantly contributes to peace across eastern Europe by enhancing stability and deterring aggression. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dropping to the ground after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Romanian Army soldiers assigned to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, assume a defensive posture during air assault operations training, March 8, 2017. Along with U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, the Romanians flew to a nearby location where numerous air assault techniques were practiced. The training is an integral part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that significantly contributes to peace across eastern Europe by enhancing stability and deterring aggression. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nicholas Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL Racing from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Romanian Army soldiers assigned to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, assume a defensive posture during air assault operations training, March 8, 2017. The joint training between the Romanian forces and the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade is an integral part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that significantly contributes to peace across eastern Europe by enhancing stability and deterring aggression. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Racing from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Romanian Army soldiers assigned to the Military Police Company, Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, assume a defensive posture during air assault operations training, March 8, 2017. The joint training between the Romanian forces and the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade is an integral part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a multi-nation effort between the United States and her Allies and partners that significantly contributes to peace across eastern Europe by enhancing stability and deterring aggression. (U.S. Army photo by PV2 Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nicholas Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania — Romanian Army Military Police assigned to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base conducted training with U.S. Army members of the 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade on March 8, 2017 at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.

The training was held to practice air assault operations with the base’s police force.

For most of the soldiers present it was the first opportunity to have trained together in a combined U.S.-Romanian environment, and for one participant it proved to be a most rewarding experience.

U.S. Army Capt. James Bates, the company commander of Bravo Company, 2-10 AHB and flight officer in charge of the mission spoke to the mood of many Americans present.

“We’re very excited to continue this partnership and looking forward to future opportunities with these soldiers,” he said.

The day’s operations included the proper entering and exiting of three UH-60 Black Hawks used during the exercise. The soldiers then did a live version of the exercise via a short round trip to a nearby training field. The non-commissioned officer in charge of the Romanians on the mission, Master Sgt. (OR-8) Samir Seicamet, reflected on the significance of the training.

“For us at the air base this was a first. We’re lucky to be able to participate in this event with our U.S. counterparts,” he said.

This is the 2-10 AHB’s first multinational mission in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO mission taking place across Europe to enhance the cooperative efforts of the U.S. and its Allies to deter aggression in Europe.

The exercise was the first time many of the Romanian participants set foot inside of a Black Hawk. It prepared them for future Operation Atlantic Resolve missions they’ll conduct with their American colleagues, as well as help to build a state of camaraderie for both sides. Bates has high hopes for the future of the alliance.

“These relationships that were built between our American Soldiers and our Romanian soldiers are going to last,” he said.

The exercise came to a close with the commemoration of International Women’s Day. Flowers were presented to all of the women present during the training.

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U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51 country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia. The relationships we build during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.

Source: US Army (USAREUR)

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