U.S. Soldiers assigned to Cobra Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and Georgian forces conducted a multinational company combined arms live fire event in support of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, Dec. 5, 2018.
The GDRP is a joint program in which U.S. Army advises, mentor and train Georgian personnel and commanders in order to improve combat readiness.
“The partnership the unit has with Georgia is incredibly important,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Greenway the infantry platoon leader of white platoon, Cobra Co., 2-8 CAV. “It’s important strategically and it’s important militarily.”
During their time in Georgia, Cobra Co. has worked with the Georgians to successfully complete team, squad and platoon live fire events to qualify for the company CALFEV.
Cobra Co. and Georgian soldiers endured multiple cold days and nights of continuous training in preparation for the company CALFEV.
“We worked really hard to get here today,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Austin Odle an infantryman assigned to blue platoon, Cobra Co., 2-8 CAV. “This is the big culminating event so we’re looking forward to getting it knocked out.”
The morning of the fifth, U.S. and Georgian soldiers rose before the sun, gathered their gear and mentally prepared for the day that lied ahead. It was finally time to put all their rigorous training to the test.
Cobra Co. and Georgian soldiers quietly navigated through the mountainous terrain as a coat of thick mud clung to their boots with each step. Noise discipline and quick movements were a key element to reaching each objective undetected by the simulated enemy target.
Once each soldier was in place, the sound of bullets ripped through the sky and the shouting of commands echoed through the vast range. Each element worked together to successfully secure each objective.
From sun up to sun down, Cobra Co. and the Georgian soldiers actively engaged simulated enemy targets, breached and pushed through a mine wired obstacles, secured three buildings and performed casualty evacuations.
Communication, planning and working as a single unit was an essential aspect to achieving the objectives due to various factors and movements.
A big part of it comes down to planning and making sure everybody from the bottom up knows the plan, what they’re doing and what triggers the next event Odle said.
During the night of the fifth, all three objectives had been successfully completed bringing an end to the CALFEV.
Despite the language barrier, U.S. and Georgian forces came together as a collective unit to achieve the challenging event.
“Our Soldiers responded to the call and responded to the task well so I’m very proud of them,” Greenway said.
After a hard days work many U.S. and Georgian soldiers exchanged smiles, handshakes and patches expressing the success of their partnership.
“The importance of training with these allies is definitely building comradery and building a joined alliance with anyone around the world so you can call on friends and call on help whenever it’s needed,” said U.S. Army Pvt. Gavin Moharter an infantryman assigned to white platoon, Cobra Co., 2-8 CAV.