Subscribe
Pvt. Alan Esser, a Humvee driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

Pvt. Alan Esser, a Humvee driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Pvt. Alan Esser, a Humvee driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

Pvt. Alan Esser, a Humvee driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers perform maintenance on a Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

Soldiers perform maintenance on a Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Pfc. Edward Moran, a Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

Pfc. Edward Moran, a Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle driver, performs maintenance on his vehicle on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. soldier, with the Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment's engineer squadron, peers out of a Stryker armored vehicle during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany.

A U.S. soldier, with the Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment's engineer squadron, peers out of a Stryker armored vehicle during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Sgt. Chris Ayers, a combat engineer with the Army's 2nd Calvary Regiment, teaches his junior soldiers about vehicle maintenance during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

Sgt. Chris Ayers, a combat engineer with the Army's 2nd Calvary Regiment, teaches his junior soldiers about vehicle maintenance during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare for a 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A convoy of Army vehicles comes to a halt during training on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany.

A convoy of Army vehicles comes to a halt during training on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. Army High Mobility Engineer Excavator vehicle comes to a halt so soldiers can perform vehicle checks during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare soldiers for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia.

A U.S. Army High Mobility Engineer Excavator vehicle comes to a halt so soldiers can perform vehicle checks during a training event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Vilseck, Germany, to prepare soldiers for an upcoming 1,400-mile road march to Macedonia. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

VILSECK, Germany – Combat engineers with the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepared on Tuesday for a 1,400-mile road march that will take them deep into the Balkans to Macedonia as part of Exercise Saber Guardian.

To prepare for the rigors of such a long journey, the soldiers conducted a wide variety of simulations of possible problems they may encounter along the way, including what to do if an Army vehicle crashed into a civilian vehicle in a foreign country, how to handle vehicle breakdowns and communications issues.

For many of the engineers, who are relatively new to the Army, this will be their first major exercise.

“Some of our soldiers don’t have a lot of experience behind the wheel, so we wanted to make sure they know how to perform maintenance on their vehicles and react well in a crisis before we go out,” said 2nd Lt. Colby Stitt. “On a long convoy like this, anything could happen. We need to make sure they’re prepared.”

egnash.martin@stripes.comTwitter: @Marty_Stripes

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up