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Peaceshield

The Peace Shield military exercise, first held in 1995, is part of the US-Ukrainian defense cooperation in the spirit of NATO's Partnership for Peace program. The exercise simulated peacekeeping operations aimed at protecting peace in a country stricken by ethnic conflict. In 1998 it was observed by defense ministers from Ukraine, Poland, and other countries.

Approximately 235 soldiers, airmen and Marines from the US Armed Forces deployed to Yavoriv training area, Ukraine, to participate in Peaceshield 2001 (15-30 July 2001); a multi-national in the spirit of Partnership for Peace (PfP) training exercise. During Peaceshield 2001, U.S. military personnel worked together with more than 800 service members from 21 other countries. The sponsor for the exercise is the Southern European Task Force (Airborne), based at Vicenza, Italy. The exercise, scheduled for July 15-30, was at the Yavoriv training area, located approximately 60 kilometers northwest of L'Viv, Ukraine.

The PfP program is a US Secretary of Defense initiative designed to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between NATO and PfP nations. Exercises conducted under the auspices of PfP are designed to promote interoperability for future peace support missions that involve NATO and PfP nations.

Peaceshield 2001 was a multi-national, six-battalion computer assisted command post exercise, designed to train battalion commanders and staffs as they validate and further develop combined tactics, techniques and procedures for peace support operations. The exercise also included a separate field training exercise, designed to allow Polish certification of Ukrainian soldiers for upcoming real-world peacekeeping duties. Immediately following the closing ceremonies, a combined Polish-Ukrainian battalion deployed to Kosovo. The Illinois Army National Guard and Ukrainian defense forces provided command and control of participating multi-national forces.

Peace Shield 2003 is a multi-national, four-battalion computer assisted command post exercise, designed to train battalion commanders and staffs as they validate and further develop combined tactics, techniques and procedures for peace support operations. The 2001 exercise also included a separate field training exercise, designed to allow Polish certification of Ukrainian soldiers for upcoming real-world peacekeeping duties. Immediately following the closing ceremonies, a combined Polish-Ukrainian battalion deployed to Kosovo. The California Army National Guard and Ukrainian defense forces provided command and control of participating multi-national forces.



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