Photo: A soldier from Ukraine's 1st Battalion, 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade engages opposing force role players during a battalionwide training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on March 29.
(Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
Story by Sgt. Anthony Jones
YAVORIV, UKRAINE, Mar 30, 2017 - The Ukrainian army’s 1st Battalion, 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade conducted a battalionwide, combined-arms, defensive training operation from March 27-29 at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine.
The exercise served as the culminating event for the battalion’s 55-day training rotation with the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. During the defensive training, the soldiers put all the skills they learned at the CTC to use; from individual weapons engagement and combat first aid, to direct and indirect firing, and coordinated company movements.
1st Lt. Brendon Galvin is a platoon leader with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, and resident of Oklahoma City who serves as a JMTG-U mentor to the units that rotate through the CTC. He said that since the soldiers of the 1-28th arrived in January they have been building their skills.
“[They’ve learned] basic rifle marksmanship all the way up to how to move [as a unit],” Galvin said. “They’ve learned radio communication... how to do defensive fighting positions in a trench line and how to integrate their BMPs."
Galvin and other U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st Bat., 179th Inf. Regt. joined troops from Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in January as the latest rotation of U.S. Soldiers serving with the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine.
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