Rapid Trident builds military interoperability through establishing professional relationships and sharing shoulder-to-shoulder experiences, while also supporting Ukrainian Land Forces’ sustainable training capacity and defense reform.
Multinational Soldiers from 14 countries spent two weeks working side by side during Rapid Trident 2018. The main bodies of U.S. forces included approximately 100 service members from the California Army National Guard as well as almost 200 Soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, who are serving on the ground at Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine for nine months, the National Guard of the United States reported. “There are a tremendous amount of benefits for National Guard units to come over to Europe,” said Maj. Gen. John Gronski, U.S. Army Europe’s deputy commanding general for National Guard, during his visit to Rapid Trident. “First of all, it’s important to develop those strong relationships with our Allies and partners over here. The second thing is when National Guard units come over to Europe and participate in the exercises, they build a tremendous amount of readiness here and it gives them an opportunity like no other training area does to train alongside Allies and partners.”