Making #history: #SkySoldiers become 1st @USArmy participants in #Turkey's #EFES2016
IZMIR, Turkey -- Sky Soldiers are no strangers to making their mark in history, especially in Europe. However, this week the paratroopers and their Turkish partners carved their names side-by-side in Asia's history. Soldiers from A Company, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), along with U.S. Navy Sailors from the U.S.S. Donald Cook, are the first U.S. service members to participate in EFES 2016, Turkey's largest military exercise. "I am very proud that the 173rd is the unit here to represent the U.S. Army, but at the end of the day it's all about building enduring relationships," said Maj. Gary Dales, battalion executive officer. This year the training event began May 4, and includes about 5,000 military members from US, Turkey, UK, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Qatar. "The days of a fighting a war with ...