Operation Eagle Shock: US Army and Lithuanian Land Forces Train Together

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Grissum, 173rd Airborne Brigade, listens on the radio for instructions while his Lithuanian counterpart stands-by during a live-fire iteration during Operation Eagle Shock.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

It was called Operation Eagle Shock, a military exercise involving both American and Lithuanian land forces training together in Pabrade, Lithuania from October 8 -14. Operation Eagle Shock was a combined arms live-fire exercise in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve North, which covers the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. “It’s an honor to be able to serve here at this critical time and to demonstrate our nation’s commitment to collective security in Europe by training with our NATO allies,” said Lt. Col. Michael Wagner, the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt. battalion commander. Throughout the operation, Soldiers of the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., as well as those of the Lithuanian Land Forces trained on objectives that included conducting support by fire, breaching obstacles, and occupying an anti-armor firing position.

Spc. Andrew Watts, a fire support specialist with the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., 173rd Airborne Brigade, explains his actions during an after action review as a part of Operation Eagle Shock, a combined arms live-fire exercise in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve from October 8-14 at Pabrade, Lithuania. During the operation, U.S. Soldiers and members of the Lithuanian Land Forces trained together in order to share and compare each others tactics. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

During Operation Eagle Shock, platoons participated in phases to include blank-fire, live-fire and night-fire iterations. “Eagle Shock is the culmination of what we have been doing here [in Lithuania] for the last five months,” said 1st Lt. Steven Siberski, platoon leader for Company D, 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt. “So now we’re integrating Apache helicopters, infantry units, combat engineers, howitzers and mortars to really bring together full spectrum of operations,” Siberski continued. Combat engineers from the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., 173rd Airborne Brigade and Juozas Vitkaus Engineer Battalion of the Lithuanian Land Forces, provide security during Operation Eagle Shock. Throughout the operation, Soldiers of the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., as well as those of the Lithuanian Land Forces, conducted support by fire, breached an obstacle, and occupied an anti-armor firing position. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)[/caption]

(Information courtesy of  U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)