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An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter fires 30mm training rounds during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
An RQ-7 Shadow launches during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
An RQ-7 Shadow launches during the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers with the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, listen to instructions from Staff Sgt. Michael Adeyanju, an Apache helicopter electrician, during the squadron's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
Soldiers with the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, listen to instructions from Staff Sgt. Michael Adeyanju, an Apache helicopter electrician, during the squadron's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Michael Salvi, an Apache helicopter electrician with the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, checks the armaments of an AH-64D Apache during his squadron's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
Sgt. Michael Salvi, an Apache helicopter electrician with the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, checks the armaments of an AH-64D Apache during his squadron's first gunnery training since they arrived in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Pfc. Elijah Bova, an unmanned aerial vehicle maintainer with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), checks the software on an RQ-7 Shadow drone, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
Pfc. Elijah Bova, an unmanned aerial vehicle maintainer with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), checks the software on an RQ-7 Shadow drone, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Air cavalry soldiers teamed their Apache helicopter weapons systems with spotter drones to pinpoint targets, a first test for a 4th Combat Aviation Brigade unit that arrived in Europe last month.

In Wednesday’s exercise, the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment had RQ-7 Shadow drones spot targets from above. Then they used lasers to select where the helicopters needed to fire.

“This training shows that the squadron is fully operational and ready to conduct missions as part of [Operation] Atlantic Resolve,” 4th CAB spokesman Capt. Edward Putzier said.

The soldiers are deployed to Europe for nine months as part of the ongoing mission to deter potential Russian aggression. Operation Atlantic Resolve started soon after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The squadron brought 24 AH-64D Apache helicopters and eight RQ-7 Shadow drones to Europe from Fort Carson, Colo., where they are based.

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