An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | June 1, 2022

Illinois Guard Boosts Interoperability for V Corps, Polish Army

By U.S. Army Sgt. Sean Hall

KRAKOW, Poland – The 244th Digital Liaison Detachment, Illinois National Guard, provided a valuable information bridge between V Corps and the Polish army during the DEFENDER-Europe 22 exercise.

The 244th arrived in Poland May 11 to help the Victory Corps maintain interoperability and ensure unity of effort with the Polish for the DEFENDER exercise.

Digital Liaison Detachments act as liaisons between military headquarters to allow commanders to integrate military operations in joint, intergovernmental and multinational environments by providing the staff interface, mentoring, support and communication required for partners and allies to accomplish their missions.

“We help build a bridge between headquarters, so we all have the same understanding of what’s going on, and we do that either through face-to-face meetings or through a computer system that allows us to communicate in a virtual environment,” said Col. Max Casteleyn, commander, 244th Digital Liaison Detachment. “It’s all about making sure we operate as one towards our common goals.”

Their efforts resulted in greater cohesion between Polish and American headquarters elements.

“Working with the [digital liaison detachment] has been such a great, cohesive experience,” said Capt. Denali Ostebo, the tactical area command logistics chief for DEFENDER-Europe 22. “Not only have they served as an important way to bridge the gap between the U.S. and Polish army sustainers, but also provided a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the logistics world as a whole.”

While in Poland, the 244th also assisted the V Corps Headquarters and Headquarters Company wherever there was a need.

“I’ve never experienced the integration of National Guard working with Active Duty before,” said Staff Sgt. Monn Esalona, NCO, 244th Digital Liaison Detachment. “We’re a team and everything is possible if we’re working together.”

The 244th Digital Liaison Detachment has participated in numerous rotations to Poland as part of the Illinois National Guard’s partnership with Poland since 1993 under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

DEFENDER-Europe 22 is a series of U.S. Army Europe and Africa multinational training exercises within U.S. European Command’s Large Global Scale Exercise construct in Eastern Europe. 

DEFENDER-Europe 22 demonstrates V Corps’ ability to command and control large-scale ground combat operations across multiple theaters in support of NATO and the National Defense Strategy under the direction of U.S. Army Europe and Africa. DEFENDER-Europe 22 activities began in May and continue through June.

V Corps works alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-ready forces and execute joint and multinational training exercises to improve interoperability and ensure an appropriate collective posture of deterrence and defense. 

V Corps, under the command of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, retains command and control for all rotational and assigned U.S. Army units in the European Theater and currently has operational control of 1st Infantry Division; 2nd Cavalry Regiment; 12th Combat Aviation Brigade; 41st Field Artillery Brigade; and 4th Security Forces Assistance Brigade.

 

 

Related Articles
African Lion provides an opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic and collaborative readiness training in an austere environment that intersects multiple geographic and functional combatant commands, including U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command, and strategic maritime choke points and global shipping lanes.
New York Army Guard Soldiers Heading to North Africa
By Eric Durr, | April 30, 2024
LATHAM, N.Y. - Seven hundred New York Army National Guard Soldiers will take part in the multinational African Lion training exercise in Tunisia and Morocco in May.Most of the New York National Guard Soldiers involved in the...

Air Force Staff Sgt. Javin Delgado, an electronic warfare specialist with the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing, prepares to calibrate electronic warfare equipment as Senior Airman Oscar Mendoza, a space systems operator with the 148th Space Operations Squadron, looks on during Vulcan Guard Bolt 6, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 27, 2024. Though not part of the mission planning portion of the space-focused exercise, Delgado and Mendoza showcased EW assets to Vulcan Guard participants and distinguished visitors.
National Guard-led Space Exercise Helps Build Programs for NATO Partners
By Air Force Master Sgt. Erich B.Smith, | April 8, 2024
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – About 50 members of the Air National Guard and Romanian and Polish Armed Forces focused on space as a warfighting domain during exercise Vulcan Guard Bolt 6 at NATO’s Allied Air Command in late...

The Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program hosts 11 Army National Guard Soldiers from nine states and territories for a level 2 funeral honors training course March 5, 2024, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Soldiers from Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin participated in the two week-long training, which certifies instructors to teach fellow Soldiers the skills, procedures and standards for providing final respects to military veterans.
Army National Guard Soldiers Train in Funeral Honors Program
By A.J. Coyne, | March 20, 2024
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program hosted 11 Army National Guard Soldiers from nine states and territories for a training course Feb. 26-March 8 at the State Military...