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DVIDS – News – Artillery School Classmates Gather in Poland in Joint Exercise

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland (10/25/2021) – At the start of Victory Eagle, a joint exercise where the 1st Infantry Division (1ID) 1st Armored Combat Brigade (1ABCT) and 1st Infantry Brigade combat aviation conducted joint and bilateral training with the Polish Land Forces (PLF), soldiers and leaders began to prepare for a number of different missions. From air support to conducting armored operations, everyone’s plates were full. The same can be said for the 1st Battalion, 1ABCT, 5th Field Artillery Regiment (1-5 FA), as they came together with the PLF for a fire rehearsal.

During the rehearsal, 1st Lt. Philip Anderson, a field artillery officer assigned to 1-5 FA, noticed a familiar face in the crowd.

“We were there and we were all introducing ourselves, and at the same time I looked up and saw the Polish element that was there,” Anderson said, “and I was like, oh my God, it’s Piotr.”

Anderson completed the Field Artillery Base Officer Leader Course (FABOLC) at Fort Sill, Okla., with 1st Lt. Piotr Jaworski, a fire support commander in the 1st Mechanized Battalion, 17th Mechanized Brigade , Polish Land Forces, in 2018.

“Oh yeah, I know you, I know your face,” Jaworski said after being approached by Anderson.

According to the U.S. Department of State, Poland received $2.95 million in funding for International Military Education and Training (IMET) in 2019 and 2020. The goals of IMET are to provide education and professional military training to military students to increase professionalization, build capacity in key areas. areas, improve joint interoperability, create a better understanding of the United States, and develop enduring military relationships. This type of financing made it possible to allocate a FABOLC slot to the Polish army. Jaworski, a prime candidate, was selected to take the course.

As an expert with 10 years of artillery experience before attending FABOLC, he always found the course extremely beneficial for his career in the Polish Army. He explained how it helped him learn more about the capabilities of the United States.

“During BOLC, I saw that I did not have the proper knowledge about the [U.S.] equipment,” Jaworski said.

He explained that he initially lacked military and field artillery vocabulary in English and that the course helped him broaden his knowledge of terminology.

“I learned better vocabulary, fire support vocabulary and interoperability skills,” Jaworski said.

Anderson found Jaworski’s years of artillery experience extremely useful. He said Jaworski’s prior knowledge of Poland helped the class better understand manual fire and fire support.

“He was actually a really good assistant instructor, off the record, to the rest of my BOLC classmates and myself,” Anderson said.

During Victory Eagle, Jaworski was able to apply his years of experience and knowledge from the course to his critical role in the Exercise Fire and Effects Coordination Cell. He was responsible for the effective translation of US fires products and coordination for the PLF during their combined arms operations. His efforts allowed Anderson’s drumming to perform more efficiently. Its battery carried out 20 fire missions, including two missions combined with the Polish artillery elements, which accurately and quickly started fires on the mock battlefield.

Teamwork was visible on all fronts, not just with the artillery elements. American Apache helicopters were seen providing close air support while a nearby Polish helicopter conducted aerial assaults. Polish engineers conducted a breach to allow American forces to carry out a counterattack during another part of the exercise. Both countries proved to be more than capable in their abilities, making Victory Eagle an overall success.

When the teams were working hard, sometimes you had to cheer up every once in a while. Jaworski went looking for Anderson in hopes of delivering a gift that would do just that. He found Anderson’s commanding officer who then got hold of Anderson.

“He had a Polish MRE [Meal, Ready-to-Eat] was waiting for me, which was a nice surprise,” Anderson said. “We trade name tapes and some patches.”

The story of Anderson and Jaworski is a testament to the United States’ dedication to preparing its allies and the effectiveness of its strategies in building both enduring relationships and interoperability.

“The Poles are a very important ally for us,” Anderson said. “Working together and figuring out exactly what works best and what doesn’t will allow us in the future to work much more closely given the demands that may be placed on us.”

Date taken: 25.10.2021
Date posted: 28.10.2021 17:07
Story ID: 408263

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