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Tanks, Apaches, artillery bombard enemy in combined-arms drill

By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 29, 2018

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It sounded like the beginning of Ragnarok. Tanks sped up to engage enemy targets while mortars and artillery rounds were lobbed overhead and helicopter gunships launched missiles during a high-speed, live-fire exercise.

More than a dozen M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team joined forces Wednesday with several AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and conducted the combined-arms exercise, to prepare them for Combined Resolve 10, a major multinational drill next month.

The exercise gave many of the troops on rotation to Europe from Fort Riley, Kan., the opportunity to work closely with soldiers from different jobs.

“It was amazing. I’ve never been that close to tanks firing before,” said Spc. Seva Eagle, a combat engineer who helped clear obstacles during the exercise. “I’m really proud of how my team performed today.”

Combined Resolve 10 is set to begin April 9, when more than 3,700 soldiers from 13 nations will conduct massive war games in Germany.

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M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles converge on a smoke signal during a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
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