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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

US forces, NATO allies conclude Slovak Shield 2016

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LEST MILITARY TRAINING AREA, Slovakia - As the smoke cleared, tank treads stopped spewing up mud and helicopter rotor blades faded into the distance.

Indiana Guardsmen, 2nd Calvary Regiment Soldiers, and fellow NATO allies: Czech Army, Polish Armed Forces, Hungarian Defense Forces, and the Ministry of Defense-Crisis Department and the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, had successfully completed Slovak Shield 2016.

4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany and Chemical, Engineer, Military Police, aviation and support personnel from the Indiana National Guard all proved integral components of the multinational training exercise, which took place at Military Training Area Lest, Slovak Republic.

The exercise, which lasted from Oct. 6 to 13, involved more than 2,000 participants who took part in a computer-based exercise and a live exercise. Troops also conducted weapons, demolition and tactics training with coalition counterparts, with some troops training outside the scope of their normal duties.

"I'm fully aware of the demands and high expectations made on you during this exercise," said Gen. Milan Maxim, chief of the general Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic.

"This exercise proved your ability to work in a multinational environment," he added. "And I've been informed that all of your duties have been executed with high standard results. I ask you to remember what you have achieved and learned from it."

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