REZEKNE, Latvia – Paratroopers from Chosen Company,
REZEKNE, Latvia – Paratroopers from Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat (Airborne), run across an open field during a “fire fight” Sept. 24 during Exercise Zobens. The exercise was designed to test the Latvian Armed Forces’ ability to work with different internal and external agencies to marshal their capabilities and defend their position. The Paratroopers, along with elements from the Latvian Mechanized Forces, played the oppositional force for the exercise. The Paratroopers arrived in Latvia two-weeks ago to embark on a six-month rotation to train with their Latvian partners as part of Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort being conducted in Eastern Europe to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. The 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, and is capable of projecting forces to conduct a full range of military operations across the United States European, Central and Africa Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours.