Training brings U.S. and Polish special forces together

 Release Date: Dec 17, 2008

Navy Mass Communication Specialist Dana M. Clark

POWIDZ AIR FORCE BASE, Poland — U.S. and Polish special forces began conducting combined airborne exercises here Dec. 16, 2008. The first day of training included the soldiers parachuting from a U.S. MC 130H Talon II.

“It gives us a greater understanding of how each side works,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Marc Martinez, the training commander.

During the four-day interoperability training exercises, more than 40 soldiers will conduct low-level static line and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachute drops, simulating precise force insertion operations.

Army Lt. Col. Donna Scott, a spokeswoman, commented on the trainingss importance on interoperability.

“We want our forces to be familiar with the people they could be working with,” she said.

U.S. soldiers from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, based at RAF Mildenhall, England, along with Polish special forces from its mobile response group and 1st Special Forces Regiment are teaming up to conduct these exercises as a way of enhancing understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

 

jumpers1 U.S. and Polish parachutists prepare for their next jump during interoperability exercises, Dec. 16, 2008. (Department of Defense photo by Army Lt. Col. Donna Scott)

polish-rto A radio operator with the 352nd Special Operations Group prepares for jumpers to hit the landing zone during exercises with U.S. and Polish forces, Dec. 16, 2008. (Department of Defense photo by Army Lt. Col. Donna Scott)

x-marks-the-spot A Polish parachutist aims for the “X” during a training exercise with U.S. here, Dec. 17, 2008. U.S. soldiers from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron and Polish special forces from its mobile response group and 1st Special Forces Regiment teamed up to conduct these exercises to enhance cooperation between the two nations.(Department of Defense photo Army Lt. Col. Donna Scott)

More info about the 321st Special Tactics Squadron: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usaf/321sts.htm

More info about Polish special forces: http://www.specialoperations.com/Foreign/Poland/default.htm



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