Soldiers from Fort Hood participated in the multi-national military exercise "Saber Guardian", hosted in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

Saber Guardian is the largest military training of its kind, including involvement of 25,000 soldiers from 22 different nations.

1st Cavalry Artillery Division started the live fire portion of the exercise early Monday in Cincu, Romania. Monday's exercise marks the first time the United States and Romania have worked together in this fashion.

"Many of the soldiers we have, it's their first time out of the United States, and so to be able to come to Europe and train and do the kind of realistic, dynamic training, in close, close quarters with our partners, the Romanians, is just phenomenal," 1st Cavalry Division Artillery Col. Kelly Webster said.

Aside from the live fire portion, Saber Guardian includes 18 other operations to build combat readiness between NATO partners.

Webster said there have been increased tensions in the region lately due to Russia's actions, and the Saber Guardian training builds teamwork and stability in the area.

"Obviously, some of the actions by Russia recently have caused some instability on the European theatre," Webster said. "So, a credible show of combat ready forces in the Black Sea region by US and our NATO partners is exactly the kind of thing that would prevent future conflict."

The exercise will continue for the next few weeks.