Saber Guardian: NATO, partner nations combine fire power at CALFEX

Col. Kelly Webster, the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery/DIVARTY out of Fort Hood, Texas, and Col. Jeff Shoemaker, director of U.S. Army Europe’s exercise program, discuss plans at the range where Saber Guardian’s Combined-Arms Live-Fire Exercise, or CALFEX, would take place on July 15. Webster’s division was in charge of mission command for the exercise with the goal of suppressing enemy air-defense and artillery assets to provide room for friendly maneuver forces to advance. His Tactical Operating Command was nestled along the treeline at the top of the range located on a hill, but was moved every few days to teach mobility — an important tactic expected to be employed when operating against near-peer adversaries.

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