First common combat training in Vilseck, Bavaria - Germany
It was the first time, the German army (Bundeswehr) have used the high-tech tank "Leopard II", and the opportunity to use the Stryker Mobile Gun System, used by the 2nd US Cavalry Regiment. Vilseck, Germany. 8th December 2011
On this cold and foggy day, the german army (Bundeswehr) had his first common combat training with the Stryker Mobile Gun System used by the 2nd US Cavalry Regiment. This regiment is based in Vilseck, Germany, close to the Grafenwöhr Training Area.
The German 104th "Panzerbataillon" is based in Pfreimd, Bavaria.
The Stryker Mobile Gun System is also used by the US Forces in Afghanistan, contrary to the Leopard II, which has no mandate from the German government.
Lt. Colonel Christopher Keller, for the US Army and Lt. Colonel (Oberstleutnant) Norbert Kopf for the german army (Bundeswehr), at the head of their soldiers, conducted the field operations.
The goal of this training was to perform communication and to help each other in combat situations.
A group of soldiers from NATO-Partner Turkey, was sent to observe the Regiment in order to gain an understanding of what is necessary to operate a tank unit.