WIESBADEN, Germany —
Agile Spirit 2021 is a Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa cooperatively-led, joint multinational exercise occurring July 26 through Aug 6. The joint training promotes “Strength through Partnership.”
The brigade-level exercise will incorporate a simulated command post exercise, field training, and joint multinational, battalion-level combined arms live-fire exercises. Agile Spirit 2021 enhances U.S., Georgian, allied and regional partner forces’ readiness and interoperability in a realistic training environment.
This is the 10th Agile Spirit exercise. First conducted in Georgia in 2011, Agile Spirit was an annual U.S. Marine Forces Europe exercise between U.S. and the Georgian military forces.
Beginning in 2018, Agile Spirit transitioned to a biennial U.S. Army Europe and Africa exercise, part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Exercise Program, executed in odd number years. Two major objectives have stayed consistent throughout each iteration - increasing interoperability among participating nation militaries and strengthening regional security cooperation.
Approximately 2,500 military personnel from 15 allied and partner forces will participate from the following nations: Georgia (host nation), Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Italy, and Azerbaijan.
Of the military personnel, about 700 are U.S. service members, around 1,600 are Georgian personnel, and approximately 250 are from other participating nations.
United States units participating include U.S. Army Europe and Africa, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 7th Army Training Command, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.
This year is the first time where a combined multinational airborne operation with participation from Georgia, United Kingdom, and Poland will occur. Also, for the first time Special Operation Forces from Georgia, United States, United Kingdom, Romania and Poland will perform combined operations at Sorta Training area, Georgia.
The exercise will take place in five training locations within Georgia: Vaziani Training Area; Vaziani Military Airport; Orpholo Training Area; Senaki Air Base; and Sorta/Eki training area.
The following events during the exercise are open for media to attend:
- July 26 – Opening Ceremony - Senaki Air Base
- August 4-6 – Field Training exercise, Air Assault, battalion training- Vaziani Training Area
- August 6 – Closing Ceremony - Orpholo Training Area
Media representatives interested in covering Agile Spirit 21 events in Georgia should contact the Georgia Ministry of Defense at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 21, 2021, at 6 p.m. GMT local time with the following information:
- Media organization
- Event you wish to attend
- ID/passport number
- Cell number
For questions about U.S. Army Europe and Africa support of exercise Agile Spirit, please email email@example.com.