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U.S./Russian exercise gathers leaders, improves international understanding

US Army Europe Release

Release Date: 5/18/2004

The purpose of Torgau 2004 is to enhance military-to-military working relationships and to promote better understanding of U. S. and Russian capabilities. The first exercise of its kind involving senior U. S. and Russian personnel combined into a single headquarters staff, Torgau 2004 represents an evolving U. S. - Russian military relationship.

The exercise participants are from the U. S. Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne), the 7th Army Training Command, and the Russian Army's Combined Arms Academy. The exercise is taking place in and around Moscow, May 17 -22.

Torgau 2004 is named after the German city where American and Russian Soldiers first met in the final days of World War II in Europe.

The U. S. Army Southern European Task Force is a rapid reaction Army-led joint task force headquarters core with robust combat capabilities. It features trained and ready forces capable of deploying anywhere directed within 24 hours of alert notification for joint war fighting or stability operations. SETAF maintains tailorable, rapid reaction and crisis response forces capable of executing missions throughout the spectrum of operations.

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