HQ ARRC executes Exercise ARRCADE LIGHTNING 2017
Participants of Exercise ARRCADE LIGHTNING 2017 gather for a group photo with Poland's president, President Andrzej Duda (centre), outside Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland Sept. 25. (NATO photo by US Army Staff Sergeant Mike Sword)
Oct 6, 2017
INNSWORTH, UK – After many
months of detailed planning and coordination, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction
Corps (HQ ARRC), executed Exercise ARRCADE LIGHTNING 2017 September 25-28 across
select countries of the Baltic region.
LIGHTNING served as a
terrain walk and study of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia for ARRC and
division-level senior leaders in lead-up to the ARRC’s capstone,
fictional-based command post exercise – Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 2017 – to be
held later this year.
Starting in Warsaw the
ARRC’s entourage met with dignitaries including Poland’s president, President
Andrzej Duda, and head of the National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, whilst
also receiving informational briefs on the countries of Poland and Lithuania
before moving on to walk the ground in the Suwalki Gap.
In Lithuania the entourage
conducted a study of Napoleon’s 1812 crossing of the River Neman and urban
operations in Šiauliai. The exercise then concluded with a visit to
Riga where the entourage received informational briefs on the countries of
Latvia and Estonia followed by a discussion of lessons learned during LIGHTNING
and how they may be applied during FUSION.
All in all the exercise was a resounding success.
terrain walk was an excellent opportunity to study an important region, to meet
with senior civilian and military and leaders and walk the ground over which
we’ll [simulate] exercise in November,” said British Army Lieutenant General Tim Radford,
the ARRC’s commander. "It’s been enlightening and hugely beneficial
and I’m grateful to the Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian Ministries of Defence for
helping to make it such a success.”
Of the more than 40 senior
officers who accompanied Radford on the exercise, four were his subordinate
division commanders from the Danish Division, Italian ‘Acqui’ Division, 1st
Canadian Division and 3rd (UK) Division as well as the deputy commander for the
4th (US) Infantry Division. Rounding out the entourage was a host of external
supporting unit commanders and principal staff officers within HQ ARRC.
All told, more than 50 individuals participated in
LIGHTNING who covered more than 500 miles of terrain.
Story by HQ ARRC Public Affairs Office