Today, 6:38 p.m.
At the end of September, this year’s largest National Guard exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Vidzeme. The National Guards have been preparing for them for several weeks. In addition to the ability to evacuate the wounded and provide first aid, soldiers develop combat skills by playing the tactical exercises provided in the training scenario.
In preparation for the enemy’s attack, the guards install tactical hiding places in the forest. Their task is to wait and repel the attacker, stopping the opponent’s further movement. This is the learning task.
“We are waiting for the opponent to come. We must give fire. Because we are oppressive, we will be notified when a fire needs to be opened, and then we will shoot. Let’s go out and shoot, ”says Mareks Eglīte, National Guard of the 22nd Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.
“The training is very interesting, I like it myself. This year I am very active, I have been studying for everyone. And a role as an enemy, ”says Egils Dziļums, senior guard of the 22nd Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.
“You must use all the skills you have gained while serving in the National Guard. He has 28 years of experience. Not that you think: I have been for so many years, I don’t need that training. But, of course, they are needed. Every time something newer comes, ”says Aldis Seņka, the senior bodyguard of the 22nd National Infantry Battalion.
Hiding and anti-hiding tactics and stopping enemies is one of the exercises that will have to be performed in this year’s largest National Guard exercise “Sword 2020”. During them, the National Guards will also go on patrols and raids, set up observation posts and perform other tasks.
“The big scenario for the training is a conventional invasion, when an unfriendly neighboring country has decided to occupy the territory of Latvia, on its way to Riga. Here we are trying to reduce their speed, to divert their movement, hindering their movement to the capital of our country, ”the training scenario is revealed by Lieutenant Colonel, Commander of the 22nd Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.
Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks over a wide area, covering seven counties. The urban environment, forests and meadows will become a battlefield.
“The Guard cannot think in a standard frame, as it is written in the book. As I have always said, we are too small a nation to be stupid. We must be smart, imaginative, attractive in order to surprise our opponents at any place and moment, ”says Vilnis Pavlovičs, Sergeant of the 22nd Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.
The Sword 2020 exercise will be a reference point that will demonstrate the ability of national guard units to carry out national defense tasks.
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