Platinum Wolf 19 gets underway with opening ceremony
Story by Staff Sgt. Chad Menegay, 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
SOUTH BASE, Serbia (06/03/19)
About 500 Soldiers representing 10 countries assembled June 3 here for the Platinum Wolf 2019 opening ceremony.
“The objective of the exercise is to enhance the interoperability and mutual understanding among the members of the partner nations’ armed forces at a tactical level during the execution of a peace support operation in a multinational environment,” said Serbian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Slobodan Stopa, the 4th Army Brigade commander.
About 80 members of the Ohio National Guard’s 838th Military Police Company will take part in the multinational peacekeeping exercise, as well as six Soldiers from the Alabama Army National Guard.
Soldiers at Platinum Wolf 2019 will participate in about 10 training exercises including: detainee operations, crime scene investigations, military operations on urban terrain (MOUT), crowd and riot Control, patrolling, and tactical control point/vehicle control point procedures.
Countries represented are: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, North Macedonia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The two-week exercise is taking place June 3-18 at Serbia’s South Base, a training center designed with the assistance of Ohio Army National Guard personnel, and the Borovac Training Area.
As part of Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program, the Ohio National Guard has been partners with Serbia since 2006. The Ohio National Guard, on average, conducts more than 20 exchanges with Serbia each year, including Platinum Wolf.