As part of efforts to beef up its short-range air defense (SHORAD) and multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) capabilities in the European theater, the US Army is to train soldiers of the 7th Army Training Command, based at nearby Grafenwoehr in Germany, on how to operate the FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS). This will be the first such training effort in about fifteen years, and preparations for the training has already seen about 50 Observer Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts) undergo their own training on the Stinger at the nearby Hohenfels Training Area on 10 January. The Army's goal is to train and field 62 two-man Stinger teams into the operational force as soon as possible, and aim to align one SHORAD battalion with each division.
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