Twenty-Six Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, recently departed the United States from Selfridge Air National Guard Base bound for Denmark as part of a small unit exchange training program. The 1-125 Soldiers will begin their specialized training session with Danish military members in Jaegerpris, Denmark. The unique training opportunity offers the men a chance to exchange best-practice information and expand both groups’ knowledge and experience base. The group is scheduled to train in Denmark for two weeks.
“When I heard about this trip I was very excited to travel to Denmark, to experience the culture, see the Danish countryside and train with Danish Soldiers,” said Spc. Gregory Burr of the 1-125. “It’s going to be a challenging training, but strengthening ally relationships and learning from one another is a step in the right peacekeeping direction.”
While in Denmark, the Soldiers will engage in intensive marksmanship training sessions, earning the opportunity to receive Danish marksmanship badges. They will also showcase their ability to operate as coordinated infantry squads while participating in a Danish-led NATO exercise.
Spc. Keeton Foley, a medic with the 1-125 said, “I was very excited to find out that I was selected to participate in this training because I have never really been outside the United States and I felt that getting out of my comfort zone, geographically, would make me a better medic and Soldier. It was an honor to be chosen given that there are 40 other medics in my unit and I look forward to getting over there to train with our Danish allies.”
Follow updates to the 1-125 training session on the Michigan National Guard website, www.minationalguard.com.