For the first time, a NATO multinational battlegroup has expanded from a battalion to brigade-sized formation.
The reinforcements came from the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), which conducted a multi-day road march to travel from Vilseck, Germany to NATO multinational battlegroup Poland’s home base in Bemowo Piskie. During exercise Griffin Shock, they focused on providing what Lithuanian Colonel Darius Vaicikauskas, Chief of Staff of NATO’s Multinational Division North East, called the “deep fight”, using long-range artillery and attack helicopters to augment the battlegroup’s existing firepower.
Exercise Griffin Shock marks an important milestone for NATO’s efforts to strengthen the defensive posture in the eastern part of the Alliance. During the 2022 Madrid Summit, Allies agreed to make forces available to reinforce the multinational battlegroups where and when needed. Exercise Griffin Shock proves that significant combat power can be brought to bear quickly and effectively.
Click here to download the b-roll. Footage includes shots of the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment arriving at battlegroup Poland and carrying out exercise Griffin Shock alongside UK and Croatian soldiers, as well as interviews with Lithuanian Army Colonel Darius Vaicikauskas, Chief of Staff of NATO Multinational Division North East, and a US Army Major.
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