Leaders of the German community attend an artillery demonstration at an American base

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US Army spokesman Andre Potzler addresses a crowd of German mayors and local community leaders as they watch artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Monday March 5, 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)
US Army spokesman Andre Potzler addresses a crowd of German mayors and local leaders as they watch artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday March 5, 2018.
US Army spokesman Andre Potzler addresses a crowd of German mayors and local community leaders as they watch artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Monday March 5, 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)
Local community leaders take photos of American and German soldiers during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday March 5, 2018.
Local community leaders take photos of American and German soldiers during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday, March 5, 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)
US and German Army soldiers show German mayors and community leaders an old observation tower during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday, March 5, 2018. Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes
US and German Army soldiers show German mayors and community leaders an old observation tower during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday, March 5, 2018. Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes ( Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Army soldiers demonstrate how to fire a 155mm howitzer to German mayors and community leaders during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday March 5, 2018.
U.S. Army soldiers demonstrate how to fire a 155mm howitzer to German mayors and community leaders during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday, March 5, 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes )
Representatives of the U.S. military show German mayors and community leaders different types of artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday March 5, 2018.
Representatives of the US military demonstrate different types of artillery fire to German mayors and community leaders during Exercise Dynamic Front, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Monday, March 5, 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)
German mayors and community leaders and soldiers from the US and German military pose together during their visit to the base to watch the artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday 5 March 2018.
German mayors and community leaders and soldiers from the US and German military pose together during their visit to the base to watch the artillery fire during Exercise Dynamic Front in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Monday 5 March 2018 (Martin Egnash / Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from the 7th Army Training Command on Monday invited local German mayors, police officials and others to watch live artillery fire and get a glimpse of life behind the scenes of the post.

The visit was intended in part to allay residents’ concerns about rising noise and traffic levels, as the base hosts an additional 3,700 troops from 26 countries for Exercise Dynamic Front, a large-scale state-led exercise. United which started on February 23 and ends on Saturday.

For Stefan Horndasch, Deputy Commissioner of Ansbach County, the visit shed light on what is happening so close to his community.

“We wonder what happens when we hear more helicopters and artillery fire,” he said. “When the United States (the military) invited us to come down to base and see what happens, we wanted to come.”

Many community leaders, including Horndasch, had no idea how many countries were participating in the exercise.

“It was very interesting for me to find out that this was not just training for the US military, but training for many countries in a very large (exercise),” Horndasch said. . Knowing the reason for the increased activity has reassured officials about the importance of exercise, he said.

For American soldiers demonstrating their artillery, the presence of German officials gave them the opportunity to show off their prowess with the guns.

CPS. Mason Leverenz, gunner of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, fired ten shots in front of the crowd of onlookers.

“It’s nice to show off what we’re doing,” he said. “It’s great to be a part of such a big event and to know that all of these people care about what we do.”

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