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V Corps deploying for 'Victory Strike III'

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Army News Service, Sept. 25, 2002) -- More than 5,000 V Corps soldiers are now deploying for the third and largest iteration of the corps' biggest annual exercise - "Victory Strike" in Poland.

Victory Strike III joins corps soldiers with other troops from U.S. Army Europe and other Army organizations, U.S. Air Force personnel and Polish forces in a deep-strike exercise spread across several training areas spanning hundreds of square miles.

The exercise is designed to give V Corps' state-of-the-art attack aviation units a chance to prove their ability to strike deep behind enemy lines, V Corps officials said. But they added, there's much more to the exercise than helicopters.

Officials listed three reasons why the exercise is important:

o It gives the corps a chance to improve its skills at rapidly and efficiently deploying thousands of fighting men and women and the supplies and equipment to sustain them during combat operations by land, rail air and sea.

o It provides an opportunity to create and refine interoperability between the corps and its sister services and allies, from the individual soldier level to the highest echelons of command.

o It serves as a test bed to help create the tactics, skills and technology needed to fight and win in the 21st century.

During Victory Strike III, V Corps soldiers will train side-by-side with U.S. and Polish troops on a variety of missions, including deep-strike and force-on-force combat training, airborne assaults, live-fire practice and more.

The exercise also serves as a proving ground for a variety of state-of-the-art deployment, combat and training systems, including the deployable corps command post, the Tactical Aviation Integration System, the corps' recently acquired Apache Longbow helicopters, the experimental High-Speed Vessel and others.

Corps units will join with the Polish community in more down-to-earth ways during the exercise as well, officials said, in the form of events ranging from humanitarian assistance construction projects to band concerts and static displays, to memorial and dedication ceremonies.

V Corps will provide news and information about the exercise and its events via a Victory Strike III Web site designed for both exercise participants and the general public. The site will be updated continually during the exercise, officials said.

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