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Australian soldiers join war fighting exercise in the US

Army soldiers from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade have joined partner forces from the US Army, British Army and Canadian Army for Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 at Fort Carson, in Colorado.

Army soldiers from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade have joined partner forces from the US Army, British Army and Canadian Army for Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 at Fort Carson, in Colorado.

The aim of the exercise is to assess the readiness of each military to integrate with its multinational partners.

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The annual command post-style exercise will simulate combat operations by a combined divisional-size force within a fictitious scenario.

The exercise is designed to show how the Australian Army can integrate with and work alongside the partner forces, according to Brigadier Jason Blain, Commander of the 7th Combat Brigade.

“Ultimately, we will learn about ourselves and our allies, and understand how we can best work together on operations,” BRIG Blain said.

“This exercise provides us with an opportunity to work with the United States Army, British Army, and the Canadian Army in a multinational division construct to learn how they operate.

“The exercise is also important for maintaining our warfighting competency.”

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Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 (JWA 21) also presents the 7th Combat Brigade team with an opportunity to digitally employ future capabilities, including weapons and vehicles, that the Australian Army plans to introduce in the near future.

“We will also test and adjust how we can best employ new equipment and technology being delivered to the Australian Army over the coming years,” BRIG Blain said.

Around 140 Australian soldiers will participate in the exercise that is expected to run for a week.

[Related: ASEAN defence ministers affirm new declaration]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, major in Media, Culture and Technology; minor in Psychology from UNSW Sydney as well as a Diploma of Journalism from Macleay College.

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