Patriot missiles and the Polish Army take the field

June 5, 2018


Saber Strike 18 is a multinational exercise taking place in the Drawsko Promorskie training area of Poland with the overall intent to strengthen our relationships with allies and bolster our regional defense posture. Through opposition force training, convoy operations and full scale mobilizations of weaponry such as the Patriot missile system, these exercises offer many vital logistical battle scenarios that foster invaluable training opportunities for service members.

The 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Regiment from Baumholder, Germany, has chosen to take the exercise a step further by assuming full-speed deployment tempo throughout Saber Strike. They have mobilized several Patriot Missile systems and created a full-scale defense posture in the Drawsko Promoskie training area. This area has been off limits to anyone not a part of the U.S. Armed Forces, until now.

For the first time, the Polish Land Forces were invited to attend a verbal demonstration of the Patriot missile system. The two Air Defense Artillery Officers, Cpt. Grzegorz Piskiewcz and Maj. Ireneusz Zarzycki, were excited and eager to get an up close and personal look at the weaponry being displayed at this year’s exercise.

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