Press Release - Defender Europe 21 Opening Ceremony

May 4, 2021

Stuttgart, Germany —

Defender Europe 21 opening ceremony with remarks from Gen. Tod Wolters will begin at 9:30 A.M. CEST in Albania. The event will be broadcast live on U.S. Army Europe's Facebook page as well as the EUCOM Facebook Page ( and the EUCOM website (

Building on the success of last year’s exercise, DEFENDER-Europe 21 includes a greater number of NATO Ally and partner nations conducting activities over a wider area than what was planned for in 2020. More than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in a dozen countries.

  • United States European Command