TRAINING AMPLITUDE IN PARADISE: International partners wrap up Exercise Cartwheel 2023 in Fiji
AMPLITUDE IN PARADISE:
partners wrap up Exercise Cartwheel 2023 in Fiji
Staff Sgt. Zandra Duran
Public Affairs Detachment
NAUSORI HIGHLANDS, Fiji – Exercise
Cartwheel 2023, the highly-anticipated training mission featuring multiple
military partners from around the globe, concluded September 29 at Nausori
Highlands Training Area in Fiji. Troops from myriad nations, including the
United States’ Nevada National Guard, Australia, New Zealand, and the United
Kingdom joined host-nation Republic of Fiji in the two-week long training
Exercise Cartwheel 2023 aimed to provide
realistic training opportunities in various climes, terrain and environments. The
inclusion of several countries in the exercise ensured forces met a high level
of cooperative readiness for the exercise’s unified land operations.
International training opportunities have proven to both enhance operational
capabilities of joint forces and as well as promote the sharing of mutually-beneficial
information among the forces and the strengthening of ties between partner nations.
Nevada Army Guard Land Component Commander
Brig. Gen. Troy Armstrong traveled to Fiji to assess the milestone cooperative
“The weeks of the Cartwheel mission proved
to be extraordinary and were marked by significant advancements among the
partner nations – and all of it occurred in an unforgettable training area,”
Occurring in late September, Exercise
Cartwheel proved to be one of the culminating events prioritized by U.S. Army
Pacific in Fiscal Year 2023. With oversight from USARPAC, Exercise Cartwheel
included the deployment of a broad spectrum of assets and resources to the
South Pacific, including personnel and equipment to conduct security
cooperation exercises with the United States’ allied and partner militaries
with close ties to the region.
During the Intensive Urban Warfare
Training portion of the exercise, participants from the disparate nations
shared their knowledge and expertise in effective breaching and entry
procedures, obstacle clearance and minefield-clearing tactics.
A live fire exercise allowed Soldiers to
engage in joint operations and practice squad maneuvers. Nevada National Guard
1/221st Cavalry Soldiers led the training and demonstrated their shoot, move,
and communicate skills.
Soldiers from the Nevada Guard’s 609th
Engineers shared their expertise in rappelling with troops from participating
nations. They also provided valuable information on Personnel Protective
Equipment, safety measures and the proper use of knots for setting up
rappelling ropes. Also from the Nevada Guard, the 106th Public Affairs
Detachment played a vital role by providing coverage of the entire exercise to
the multiple nations.
Cavalry combat media Spc. Evie Morris said
it was worthwhile to travel thousands of miles to Fiji for the training
“This mission was exceptional as combined
the cumulative skills and knowledge of these allied nations,” Morris said. “It allowed
us to acquaint ourselves with other military organizations and immerse in
Maj. Gen. Reginald Neal, the USARPAC
Deputy Commanding General, said exercises such as Cartwheel 2023 are critical
in preparing for a joint response to a contingency in the South Pacific should
the need arise.
“The relationships formed and the shared
experiences are what will emerge as the top outcomes from this exercise,” Neal
said. “I’m also pleased with the quality of our officers and young NCOs who participated
this year -- I’m excited about what they may add to the future of Oceania.”