Fort Hood: Soldiers prepare for deployment, 'multinational' training exercise

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of Fort Hood soldiers are preparing for deployment to Europe to join countries from across the world in a multinational training exercise series.

Hundreds of Fort Hood soldiers are preparing for deployment to Europe.

Officials say this type of training hasn't happened in decades.

“This is the largest exercise…25 years in the making was the last time this exercise was done. When you have multinational forces, different military organizations coming together," said Lt. Col. Tasha Lowery.

More than 1,000 troops from Fort Hood's 1st Calvary Division will deploy for the training set to start April-May. They will join other U.S. soldiers -- in total 25,000 -- making this the "largest deployment of U.S.-based Army forces to Europe for an exercise in the last 25 years."

On Thursday, soldiers were moving vehicles onto rail cars.

“This has been in the making for several months," Lowery said.

From Fort Hood, the vehicles will arrive in Port Arthur. From there, they will be sent to the Netherlands, waiting for troops supporter DEFENDER 20.

Part of the exercise series will include simulating a large-scale combat scenario, joint war-fighting assessment and a live river crossing.

“We are ensuring that our soldiers are at all times properly trained, manned and equipped to be ready to go and deploy, fight and win in any decisive action and beat any competitor/enemy at any moment," Lowery added.