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A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, lands during air assault training, as part of emergency deployment readiness exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, lands during air assault training, as part of emergency deployment readiness exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, lands during air assault training, as part of emergency deployment readiness exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, lands during air assault training, as part of emergency deployment readiness exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, fly toward their landing zone during air assault training at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters filled with soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, fly toward their landing zone during air assault training at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, rush toward the tree line to secure their landing zone before assaulting a village later that night during an exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, rush toward the tree line to secure their landing zone before assaulting a village later that night during an exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. soldiers make their way through the woods, scouting for enemy presence during air assault training, as part of their emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

U.S. soldiers make their way through the woods, scouting for enemy presence during air assault training, as part of their emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. soldiers discuss their next move while they scout the woods near the village they would attack later that night during air assault training as part of their exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

U.S. soldiers discuss their next move while they scout the woods near the village they would attack later that night during air assault training as part of their exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. soldier provides cover during night air assault training as they advance their position toward their objective at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

A U.S. soldier provides cover during night air assault training as they advance their position toward their objective at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

A group of U.S. soldiers scouting ahead of the rest of their unit during night assault training during an emergency deployment exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

A group of U.S. soldiers scouting ahead of the rest of their unit during night assault training during an emergency deployment exercise at Hohenfels, Germany, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, conducted a mock nighttime air assault late Thursday as part of the Army’s emergency deployment readiness exercise.

During their raid, the troops arrived by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and scouted the forest around their training objective. After midnight, the soldiers moved under cover of darkness and assaulted a nearby village, taking out their intended target.

The training simulated the types of raids conducted in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where U.S. soldiers repeatedly mounted nighttime raids against high-value enemy combatants.

The emergency deployment exercise was a no-notice rapid movement designed to ensure units have the ability to deploy overseas on short notice. The soldiers had two weeks from the time they received the order in Fort Carson, Colo., until they had to be in Germany for their month-long exercise.

egnash.martin@stripes.com Twitter: @Marty_Stripes

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