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Adventure Exchange

After several long days and nights of hard traveling and even harder work, the United States National Support Element, Allied Mobile Forces (Land), 3rd Corps Support Command, made it to Romanelli Barracks, Kozani, Greece, to prepare the stage for a command post exercise from Sept. 19-30, 2000. More than 150 U.S. soldiers, as well as over 1,000 NATO troops, participated in Adventure Exchange 2000, to validate a new deployment plan and challenge staff level personnel in a simulated computerized mission.

Throughout the exercise, soldiers applied the new Immediate Reaction Task Force (Land) idea, testing their immediate deployablity to non-NATO countries, while NATO leaders were challenged in a simulated warfighter. The scenario allows soldiers to practice and leaders to observe how quickly and easily deployment and set up happen when entering unknown territory. Initial set up for the exercise began at Spinelli Barracks, Germany, where the USNSE, AMF(L) drilled weeks prior to the deployment and equipment being sent to Greece was rail loaded.

The practice and evaluation of USNSE's deployablity continued early Sept. 8, when soldiers were staged at Ramstein Air Base to be flown to Thessaloniki, Greece in order to prepare for the exercise assembly. Soldiers then traveled to Skydra, Greece, to download the rail load and set up a convoy to get to the final destination and begin building the stage for the remainder of the mission.

16 NATO nations trained together in exercise Adventure Exchange 2001 (ADVEXC 01) in Turkish Thrace from 01 until 25 October 2001. ADVEXC 01 belongs to a cycle of exercises designed to train the high readiness "Immediate Reaction Task Force (Land)", (IRTF(L) ). Over 5000 troops from sixteen NATO member nations participated: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.

These forces formed a multinational HQ and a multinational Immediate Reaction Task Force, to conduct a Command Post Exercise (CPX)and a Live Field Training Exercise in the areas of Tekirdag and Kirklareli, in Turkey. The ground and air forces involved tested and practised their operational procedures and logistical capabilities in a multinational environment.

Exercise ADVEXC 01 is one of the largest exercises planned for the year in NATO's European Southern Region and shows NATO's committment to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. Exercise ADVEXC 01 was scheduled by Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH), directed by General Oktar Ataman, Commander, Joint Sub-Regional Command Southeast (COMJCSOUTHEAST) and supportedby Lieutenent General Ronald E. Keys Commander Air Forces South (COMAIRSOUTH).

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