Broncos train with Australian 7th Brigade

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Bronco warriors and Australian Defence Force soldiers discuss operations at the 3rd BCT tactical operations center at Samuel Hill, Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia, during Talisman Saber 15, July 10. The exercise improves interoperability between forces.

Bronco warriors and Australian Defence Force soldiers discuss operations at the 3rd BCT tactical operations center at Samuel Hill, Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia, during Talisman Saber 15, July 10. The exercise improves interoperability between forces.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia — Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the Australian 7th Bde. at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, here, for biennial exercise Talisman Sabre 15.

The exercise is intended to continue strengthening relationships and improving interoperability.

The “Broncos” from 3rd BCT are prepared to work side-by-side with their Australian partners during the simulated fighting at the training area, something that isn’t new to either country.

“Our partnership goes back to World War I, so we have a deep, close working relationship where we have shed blood together on numerous battlefields over many years,” said Col. Scott Kelly, commander, 3rd BCT.

Over the last decade, that partnership has grown, with Australian Defence Force soldiers pairing with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Whenever the Australian Defense Force deploys, it is part of a coalition, and we see the United States as an important part of that coalition,” said Australian Army Lt. Col. James McGann, who served as the 3rd BCT deputy commander for the exercise.

As the exercise reaches its midpoint, the two militaries have continued to improve their ability to work together effectively.

“The interoperability with the Australians has been fantastic,” said Kelly. “We are always finding ways we can improve, whether it is communication systems or the different terms the countries use.”

Part of working together is building the trust amongst the individual Soldiers and leaders, as well as the formation as a whole, said Kelly, adding it’s the kind of requirement needed for future operations.

“Understanding the friction points that can arise between two formations working together will allow us to prepare for it,” said Kelly. “Knowing that will only make us that much better in the future.”

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