The US Army issued an apology this week after soldiers accidentally stormed a factory in Bulgaria during a training exercise last month.
Exercise Swift Response 21
During Exercise Swift Response 21, soldiers with the American 173rd Airborne Brigade practiced seizing and securing the Cheshnegirovo airfield. Soldiers stormed and cleared bunkers and buildings across the decommissioned airfield.
The US Army Europe and Africa said in a statement that, “On May 11, soldiers entered and cleared a building next to the airfield that they believed was part of the training area, but that was occupied by Bulgarian civilians operating a private business,”
The private business was a factory that makes processing machinery for the production of olive oil.
The Army said in its statement that no weapons were fired during the incident.
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