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Release No: 196-95
June 26, 1995

No. 196-P:06/26/95:Twenty reservists from Britain's armed f

Twenty reservists from Britain's armed forces will conduct their annual training alongside their American counterparts in National Guard and Reserve units from Pennsylvania to California over the next two months.

A contingent of 18 members representing the United Kingdom's Territorial Army, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Royal Naval Reserve will train in the U.S. from July 7 through July 21. Two Royal Marine Reserve members will follow later to conduct their training in August.

The training is part of the Reserve Officer Exchange Program sponsored by the Department of Defense. It's purpose is to provide National Guard and Reserve Officers training associated with mobilization duties while giving them a personal sense of life in the host nation. At the same time, through briefings and discussions, both nations take the opportunity to address North Atlantic alliance issues from their perspective. The goal is a reservist better prepared to deal with his or her mobilization assignment, and a citizen who returns to the community with a better understanding of the people and policies of a major alliance partner.

Units of the Army and Air National Guard, the Army and Air Force Reserves, and the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves, will host their British guests at training sites in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Types of training to which the visitors will be exposed will run the gamut from airlift to artillery, infantry to engineers, and logistics to communications, to name a few.

For more information regarding this program, the visitors, and the units with whom they will train, contact Lt. Col. Terry D. Jones, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, 703-695-3620.

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