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Lithuanian, US troops tackle Poland mission

Service members of Gamble Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and the Distribution Company, Grand Duke Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion

Equipment is check and rechecked. Supplies are loaded up and secured. A distinctive scent fills the air as engines crank and diesel fuel turns into smoke.

Such was the frequent scene as Soldiers from Gamble Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and the Distribution Company, Grand Duke Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion, Lithuanian Land Forces transported supplies in Poland from Aug. 10-15, 2015.

US begins training sorties in Poland

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a training mission at Lask Air Base, Poland.

“Flying in a different environment poses several challenges, most importantly ensuring the safety of your flight with little knowledge of our emergency airfields,” said Capt. Kirby Sanford, 555th Fighter Squadron pilot and chief of training. “Fortunately, we were provided the information we needed to successfully and safely execute on day one due to an in-brief from our Polish counterparts.”

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