HOHENFELS – For over two weeks, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment maneuvered their Avenger Weapons Systems and engaged simulated enemy aircraft alongside over 5,500 troops during the force-on-force portion of the exercise from Nov. 26 to Dec 17, 2018.
16 nations participated in the biannual exercise, which is designed to assess and increase the readiness and lethality of the U.S. Army rotational forces, and build interoperability among allies and partners.
The exercise is conducted in two phases, the first focused on simulated combat operations at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany. The second phase includes live-fire exercises and will take place at the Grafenwoehr Training Area from Jan. 13 – 25, 2019.
During the course of the exercise, Capt. Christopher Vasquez the battery commander for Charlie Battery, served in two roles, first in his primary role, and also as the brigade air defense officer for their higher headquarters during the exercise, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division.