Operation Atlantic Resolve in Romania

U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, demonstrates a functions check of his M-4 rifle before beginning training at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. Raya's skills have been honed to make him an effective soldier serving in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. He and his company have been working closely with Romanian forces to strengthen U.S. and European relations as well as to deter aggression in Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, demonstrates a functions check of his M-4 rifle before beginning training at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. Raya’s skills have been honed to make him an effective soldier serving in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. He and his company have been working closely with Romanian forces to strengthen U.S. and European relations as well as to deter aggression in Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nick Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL U.S. Army Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, sit while awaiting clearance to board a UH-60 Black Hawk at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. The team was preparing to conduct air to ground training as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which will see U.S. forces working with Romanian troops to deter aggression and promote stability across Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, sit while awaiting clearance to board a UH-60 Black Hawk at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. The team was preparing to conduct air to ground training as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which will see U.S. forces working with Romanian troops to deter aggression and promote stability across Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nick Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, takes a look at training documents as he's being briefed on proper aircraft entry and exit at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. The training is a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission to strengthen European and US relations as well as to deter aggression across Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, takes a look at training documents as he’s being briefed on proper aircraft entry and exit at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. The training is a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission to strengthen European and US relations as well as to deter aggression across Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nick Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL

3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Puts Boots on the Ground

With the fast-paced winds from helicopter blades whizzing by his head, US Army Pvt. Daniel Raya readies himself for the next task on his agenda. As he makes a break for the UH-60 Black Hawk only 20 feet away, he embarks upon the first of many training missions he will be doing as a part of the boots-on-ground element of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado, is on his first deployment and is determined to train hard during the long months ahead.

“Now that we’re here I’m excited to begin training and do whatever it takes to get our job done,” said Raya.

NATO Mission to Deter Russian Aggression

The training he’s referring to is Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO mission conducted to enhance U.S. and European cooperation, as well as to promote regional stability and to deter aggression.

Raya’s unit will be working closely with Romanian soldiers on the ground in many cross training events to support and strengthen U.S. and European alliances, and today’s event involved the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade using its aerial capabilities to enhance air to ground integration.

Serving in the Army was the first of many goals completed for the 19-year old infantryman, and fresh out of basic training, he jumped into this deployment head first.

“He only got to us a few weeks ago and so far he’s trained in every opportunity he’s had,” said Sgt. Richard Morrill, Raya’s team leader in Bravo Company, “He’s very hard working.”

Raya’s determination should serve him well on this deployment as he will have various learning opportunities ahead, according to Morrill.

“Here at Atlantic Resolve we get a fantastic opportunity to work with each other. We will also get to work with other countries which will serve as learning tools for the future,” Morrill added.”

Raya, a native of Oxnard, California already has plans to put those future lessons to use.

“Once I’m done serving my country I’d like to get into law enforcement.” he said.

During this deployment, Raya will be honing his infantry skills, and he’s excited about showcasing them in a section of the world few Americans get a chance to visit.

“Finally I’m here,” said Raya, “I’m in the best shape of my life and happy to be here.”

Source: US Army (USAREUR)

Photo: U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Raya, a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, smiles as he talks over training with his team at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on March 3, 2017. Raya and his infantry team are the boots-on-ground element of Operation Atlantic Resolve and will work closely with Romanian forces to promote stability and deter aggression in Europe. (US Army photo taken by Pvt. Nick Vidro, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Pvt. Nick Vidro) VIEW ORIGINAL

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