The 40th howitzers battery of the 1st land (mountain) artillery regiment of the "Taurinense" alpine brigade returned in recent days from Hoenfels, Germany, where it took part in the "KFOR 28" exercise, held from 21 October to 5 November at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) of NATO.
The exercise, which had the objective of verifying the preparation achieved by units of various nations (Albania, Italy, North Macedonia, Moldova, USA), was carried out in full compliance with the measures to combat the contagion from Covid-19, in terms of health surveillance, use of personal protective equipment and social distancing.
The activities were divided into two phases, initially envisaging the planning process developed by the Regimental Command Staff and, subsequently, the management and conduct of specific tactical activities carried out by the maneuvering unit.
The intense training cycle started last September at the Piedmontese training areas, involved the fire attack of two platoons of the maneuvering unit and continued in Germany with the simulation of joint patrols with the local police, aimed at maintaining the freedom of movement in a stable and safe environment.
These activities, in line with the training directive of the command of the Alpine troops, have consolidated the standardization of communication procedures in the command area validated in recent days by Simulation Center and Validation (CE.SI.VA.) of the Army, the development on the ground of the technical-tactical procedures and the evaluation of the armaments and materials available, certifying the full acquisition of the operational capacity of the regiment.
In addition to continuing the specialty training, together with the other units of the Italian Army, the Alpine artillerymen continue to provide support to the "Italian System", contributing in terms of means, personnel and equipment to the complex management of the epidemiological emergency from Covid- 19.