On 23 January 2015, Dr Velizar Shalamanov, NCI Agency Director Demand Management, attended the Distinguished Visitors Day for Exercise Allied Spirit I at the invitation of LGEN "Ben" Hodges, Commander U.S. Army Europe.
Exercise Allied Spirit I
In support of a "Strong Europe", U.S. Army Europe conducted Exercise Allied Spirit I at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, from 12 to 31 January 2015.
The purpose of Exercise Allied Spirit was to conduct multinational training and improve Allied inter-operability and co-operation between U.S. and NATO forces. The Exercise included more than 2,000 participants from NATO Nations, exercising tactical inter-operability and testing secure communications within Alliance members.
Distinguished Visitors Day
The Distinguished Visitors Day began with a briefing by Lieutenant General Hodges on U.S. Army Europe's approach to "Strong Europe", which provides the framework for relationships, capabilities, infrastructure, and exercises that assure access for the Army and US interests. "Strong Europe" supports U.S. Operation Atlantic Resolve which demonstrates U.S. commitment to NATO, and to collective defence through increased U.S. ground, air, and naval force presence in Europe.
The visitors then received an explanation of Allied Spirit, followed by demonstrations on Brigade Forward Command Post and Tactical Operations Centre; Opposing Forces environment management; and reconnaissance and attack.