GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The XVIII Airborne Corps is planning to send a brigade of airborne soldiers to train at Grafenwöhr this spring.

Col. Mike Whetston, director of public affairs for the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based XVIII Airborne Corps, said in an e-mail that his organization is doing initial planning with Grafenwöhr’s Joint Multinational Training Command to hold exercises in Europe.

“There’s still a lot of work to do in order to finalize the potential training objectives,” he said, but added: “This could prove to be a valuable training opportunity for the 82nd Airborne Division.”

The Joint Multinational Readiness Center already has a relationship with the 82nd. In 2009, hundreds of JMRC trainers and support staff went to Fort Bragg to train a brigade of 82nd troops for a potential overseas combat mission.

JMTC public affairs officer Maj. Jennifer Johnson said Friday that bringing the 82nd to Germany in spring to train would give the unit a chance to practice deploying to a foreign country.

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