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# 2007-08-15-1 Aug.

15, 2007

ARTILLERY SOLDIERS BEGIN HEADING TO ROMANIA FOR


JOINT TASK FORCE EXERCISE
By Ignacio “Iggy” Rubalcava
U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder Public Affairs Office

BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Soldiers of V Corps' 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery,


began departing here today for Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, where they will
take part in joint training with their Romanian counterparts in the "proof of principle"
exercise for Joint Task Force-East.

The movement process began


in earnest at the unit’s
farewell ceremony at
Strassburg Kaserne in Idar-
Oberstein, Germany Aug. 10.
During that event Lt. Col.
Thomas Matsel, the 1-94th
commander, outlined the
unit’s activities during the
deployment.

“Today 'Task Force Deep


Steel' begins the movement
of the battalion to Romania
and Bulgaria, where we will
train on infantry tactics with
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Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery cover the allies as a critical element of
windshield of a Humvee in preparation for the unit's deployment to Joint Task Force-East,” said
Romania to take part in the "proof of principle" exercise there for Matsel.
Joint Task Force-East. The Multiple Launch Rocket System field
artillery Soldiers, who will participate in the exercise as a motorized
maneuver battalion, began heading to Romania Aug. 14. The colonel explained the
significance of the task force
exercise to future operations
in the region.
“First, it is a chance to train with two of NATO’s newest members and two vital allies in
the Global War on Terrorism. Second, during this deployment, we will prove the
feasibility of U.S. forces using Romania as a hub to conduct training with our Eastern
European allies,” he said.

This will also be a unique experience for the Soldiers of 1-94th, a field artillery unit
whose Soldiers will switch gears while in Romania to train on infantry tactics.

“For the next three


months 1-94th Field
Artillery really no
longer exists. To meet
the mission we have
been assigned, we have
reorganized the
battalion into a
motorized maneuver
battalion, and are now
'Task Force Deep
Steel,'” said Matsel.

The unit did not make IGNACIO ‘IGGY’ RUBALCAVA


that transformation The Soldiers and colors of the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery, salute
from a Multiple Launch during a ceremony to say farewell to the battalion, which is deploying to
Rocket System artillery Romania to participate in joint exercises for Joint Task Force-East. The
battalion to a motorized ceremony took place at Strassburg Kaserne in Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Aug. 10, and the Soldiers began departing for the exercise Aug 14.
maneuver task force
overnight. The
transformation “has not
been without pain,” said Matsel. “Our Soldiers have worked long hours for the last two
months. Our families have endured their absence,” he said.

The first preparatory exercise for the battalion was live-fire training in June designed to
allow the MLRS Soldiers to maintain their proficiency as artillerymen before
reorganizing.

“Once reorganized, we immediately began to train on infantry skills,” said Matsel.

The battalion's pre-deployment exercises wrapped up in early July with team live-fire
certifications, after which they turned their focus to classroom training and preparing
their equipment.

“It has been a busy few months, but I am confident that this training has prepared us well
to succeed. We are ready,” said Matsel.
“Training with our allies as part of Joint Task Force-East is the 'Deep Steel' battalion’s
latest contribution to the Global War on Terrorism. We are proud to be a critical part of
this very important mission."

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