August 31, 2020
As part of a live fire training exercise Rail Gunner Rush conducted with the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF), U.S. Army Europe 41st Field Artillery Brigade (FAB) will deploy a battery of multiple launch rocket systems at the Estonian Defense Forces Central Training Area in Tapa, Estonia.
Approximately 70 Soldiers from the FAB 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct the training with members of the EDF 1st Infantry Brigade on September 1-10, 2020, demonstrating the strong bilateral partnership between the U.S. and Estonia and testing the brigade’s deployment capabilities, readiness, and interoperability with NATO allies.
This is the first live-fire exercise conducted by the 41st FAB outside of their home base in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The 41st FAB is the only U.S. Fires brigade based in Europe providing strategic, operational, and tactical-level fires and support throughout the U.S. European Command.
The United States has provided more than $190 million in combined security assistance to Estonia over the last several years and conducts nearly 150 military-to-military engagements per year, with over 80 of those taking place with U.S. personnel in Estonia. This support demonstrates the U.S. commitment to defense cooperation with Estonia, and to the transatlantic strategic relationship between the United States and Europe which has been forged over the past seven decades and is built on a foundation of shared values, experiences and vision.