Fort Carson soldiers in Romania for eastern European military exercises

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 16:30:03-04

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers from Fort Carson are in Romania preparing for exercises in the Black Sea region set to start next Monday.

The U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, also known as the “Iron Brigade” led tanks through Romania this week en route to the Cincu Joint National Training Center in Cincu, Romania.

The soldiers will participate in Getica Saber 17, regional military exercises the U.S. Army is participating in which are led by Europe, from July 10 through July 15.

Soldiers from Romania, Croatia, Ukraine, Portugal, Montenegro and Armenia are also participating in the exercises, according to Fort Carson. Around 25,000 total soldiers from 23 different countries will take part in the six-day exercise.

“This is the third massing of the Iron Brigade to demonstrate our ability to move a heavy force freely around Europe,” said Lt. Col. George Mitroka, the commander for the 588th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. “These exercises demonstrate our commitment to strengthening relationships with our strategic allies and partners by building partner capability, capacity and interoperability.”

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Reg. also implemented some recent training and new procedures used to load and unload armored vehicles from trains.