first published on March 1, 2017 by Will
British troops of the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Infantry Regiment go head to head with the infamous Geronimos of the 1-509th Airborne OPFOR (opposing force) while embedding with an American brigade at the Joint Regional Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
The couple-week exercise gives American and British troops the chance to work together, which will make interoperability a snap when they undoubtedly get deployed to the same future battlefields.
“They are our closest ally. We’ve worked as a coalition now for the past 20 years in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Lt. Col. Driver said to a KALB NBC 5 New reporter. “If we don’t train together now and get used to working together, when we do deploy together, those hurdles are just so ever higher.”