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Photos: Mississippi soldiers operating in 11 countries

The 155th ABCT has been deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield for nearly four months. The Mississippi National Guard unit has approximately 4,500 Soldiers from Mississippi, Kansas, and California as the decisive effort in Task Force Spartan. The brigade has Soldiers operating in eleven countries in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team has strengthened regional stability through host-nation partnerships and sustaining readiness,” said 155th ABCT Commander, Col. Robert D. Ferguson. “As well as shaping transitions for units to follow.”

Through Operation Spartan Shield, Task Force Spartan maintains a U.S. military presence in Southwest Asia sufficient to strengthen defense relationships and build partner capacity. The 155th ABCT has fulfilled this mission through partner exercises with regional allies including exercises Desert Observer with Kuwait, Iron Union 8 with the United Arab Emirates, Bright Star 18 with Egypt, and currently Eastern Action 19 with Qatar.

MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – An Egyptian and Jordanian officer discuss the planned movement with officers from the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, in preparation for the Situational Training Exercise they are about to participate in on September 13, 2018. The STX lane is part of Bright Star 18, a multi-national training exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Bradley Fighting Vehicles from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, move back to base after completing the Situational Training Exercise lane on September 13, 2018. The Bright Star 18 STX lane combined Bradleys, Abrams Main Battle tanks, and allied armed forces from Egypt and Jordan, to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – An Egyptian Armored Personnel Carrier moves through smoke to reach their objective during the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The Bright Star 18 STX lane combined the U.S., Egyptian, and Jordanian armed forces. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Spc. Zachary Johnson, M249 gunner for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, provides cover for Soldiers dismounting from their Bradley Fighting Vehicles during the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The event was part of Bright Star 18 and combined the U.S., Egyptian, and Jordanians armed forces. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Spc. Zachary Johnson, M249 gunner for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, cover his sector during the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The Soldiers were covered by their Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Abrams Main Battle tanks, and allied troops from Jordan and Egypt during the training event at Bright Star 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Sgt. Ryan Rouchon, team leader for Alpha Company, 1st battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, signals to his squad leader during the dismounted portion of the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The Soldiers were provided cover by Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Abrams Main Battle Tanks, and other allied forces during the training event at Bright Star 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Sgt. Ryan Rouchon and Spc. Zachary Johnson, team leader and M249 gunner, respectively, for the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, watch the commander’s screen within their Bradley Fighting vehicle during the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The Soldiers from the 155th ABCT were supported by soldiers from the Jordanian and Egyptian armed forces during their event at Bright Star 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Capt. John Rowland (CENTER), commander for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, communicates with the Jordanian and Egyptian forces before the start of the Situational Training Exercise, on September 13, 2018. The combined force STX lane was one of several training events for Bright Star 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Spc. Clifford Crocker, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver for the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, gets his helmet and microphone adjusted in preparation for the movement to the Situation Training Exercise during Bright Star 18. Crocker and the Soldiers from the 155 would be joined by Jordanian and Egyptian allies to move down the training lane and overcome challenges. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Capt. John Rowland (RIGHT), commander for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, discusses the movement of the joint forces during the operation order brief before the situational training exercise, on September 13, 2018. The Bright Star 18 STX lane challenged a joint force of Jordanian, Egyptian, and U.S. armed forces to challenge different events like an improvised explosive device, opposing forces, and more.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)

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