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US Army kicks off Europe’s premier artillery drill Dynamic Front

Dynamic Front artillery firing
US Army file photo of one of the previous iterations of exercise Dynamic Front

US Army Europe and Africa has kicked off Dynamic Front 22, an artillery exercise that will involve approximately 3,000 participants from 19 nations from July 6 to 24.

The live-fire portion of the exercise will take place between July 18 and 23 in Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, involving approximately 80 artillery systems from participating countries.

Dynamic Front 22, led by 56th Artillery Command and directed by US Army Europe and Africa, is the premier US-led NATO and partner integrated fires exercise in the European theater.

It is focused on fires interoperability and designed to increase readiness, lethality and interoperability across the human, procedural, and technical domains.

“Dynamic Front 22 continues to be the premier annual exercise for the fires enterprise within the NATO,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Maranian, commanding general of the 56th Artillery Command and Dynamic Front Exercise Director. “Since its inception in 2015, we have progressively built upon previous successes we’ve seen over the last seven years.”

This will be the first time the 56th Artillery Command, which reactivated in November of 2021, will lead exercise Dynamic Front.

“Dynamic Front provides a challenging environment in which we can practice and grow interoperability with our processes and our fires systems thereby building a stronger fires enterprise that is both combined and joint,” said Maranian. “Last year the 2nd Multi-Domain Task Force was stood up and within a year our theater exercise program was introduced to their capabilities in new domains. I think we will see that the Dynamic Front series of exercises will continue to expand our ability to conduct Multi-domain fires as one team with our allies and partners.”

Participating artillery units will train on artillery systems cooperation activities in order to build fires interoperability and cooperation between NATO allies and partners ensuring they can operate as one team across multiple fires systems.

Approximately 1,800 soldiers will come from the US and approximately 1,200 participants from allied and partner nations are scheduled to participate.