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Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines evacuate a wounded soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise with the Marines is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines evacuate a wounded soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise with the Marines is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines evacuate a wounded soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise with the Marines is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines evacuate a wounded soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise with the Marines is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Georgian soldiers and a U.S. Marine run toward a hostile threat during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Georgian soldiers and a U.S. Marine run toward a hostile threat during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
A Georgian soldier takes aim during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
A Georgian soldier takes aim during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Hungarian soldiers act as the Afghan National Army in a role-playing exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. They practice crowd control while American and Georgian troops conduct a medical evacuation.
Hungarian soldiers act as the Afghan National Army in a role-playing exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. They practice crowd control while American and Georgian troops conduct a medical evacuation. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
A Georgian soldier provides first aid to an American soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
A Georgian soldier provides first aid to an American soldier during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Hungarian soldiers control a crowd during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Hungarian soldiers control a crowd during training in Hohenfels, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines detain an insurgent during a role-playing exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines detain an insurgent during a role-playing exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct a casualty evacuation during an exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Georgian soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct a casualty evacuation during an exercise in Hohenfels, Germany on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. Marines are training with Georgian soldiers in Germany this week to prepare for a deployment to Afghanistan.

The platoon-size element of Marines, comprising active and reserve units, is assisting the Georgian Army’s 31st Light Infantry Battalion during its deployment to secure Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

The training simulates the obstacles and stresses they may encounter while in Afghanistan, such as clearing improvised explosive devices, evacuating casualties and fighting in an urban environment.

“The facility here (in Hohenfels) is a world-class training center,” said Col. John Schaar, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group. “This is as close as you can possibly get to feeling like you’re in Afghanistan. It is credit to what the Army has built here in Europe.”

In the final stage of training, which begins on Wednesday, the troops will face constant challenges and harassment by mock enemy Taliban insurgents.

“We add a lot of stress to them,” Schaar said. “We know these seven days are going to have more action than they’re likely to see during their whole deployment, but we want them to be prepared for anything.”

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