A three day Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise took place in Lest, Slovakia last week, giving soldiers from the 1-7 Cavalry Regiment and the Slovakian Army an opportunity to learn from one another, while building stronger bonds between NATO nations.

The main purpose for the CALFEX in Lest was to test joint combat readiness through real-world scenarios in a tactical environment. This included several different types of Army vehicles and personnel to ensure the greatest results. Aside from their joint combat efforts, Slovakian forces also took on the roles of civilians for the scenarios, as well as providing indirect live fire to enhance the realism of the event.

"The scenarios we're executing here are fairly complex," Command Sgt Maj. of the 1-7 Cav John Pulido told Army Public Affairs. "We're doing route reconnaissance and zone reconnaissance, but the scenarios are used to challenge the organization and to add stress to the learning experience in order to make them better."

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