Albanian soldiers (right corner of the picture) enjoy a Slovenian traditional dance

Albanian soldiers (right corner of the picture) enjoy a Slovenian traditional dance

POSTOJNA, Slovenia – More than 1400 participants, including U.S. Service Members, took part in two opening ceremonies held for the multinational exercise Immediate Response 15. The ceremonies took place in Postojna, Slovenia and one in Slunj, Croatia, on September 9, 2015. Immediate Response 15 is an annual exercise designed to provide opportunities to plan and synchronize missions and responsibilities among allied and partnered nations to enhance combat readiness and compatibility in the current operational environment. This year’s participants include contingents from Slovenia, Croatia, The United States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and United Kingdom. (U.S. Army Photo by SGT. 1st Class Walter E. van Ochten 118th MPAD TARNG).

 Albanian Soldier prepare to defend a hill during training at IR15 September 13 2015

Albanian Soldier prepare to defend a hill during training at IR15 September 13 2015

Immediate Response 15 is a multinational, brigade-level exercise utilizing computer-assisted simulations and field training exercises spanning two countries. The exercises and simulations are built upon a scenario designed to enhance regional stability, strengthen partner capacity and improve interoperability between partner nations. Immediate Response is an annual exercise, and the fifth iteration is scheduled to run Sept. 9-22, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Walter E. van Ochten)

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