DEFENDER 23 is a U.S.European Command directed multi-national, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S. and NATO allies and partners.

DEFENDER 23 will:

  • take place from 22 April to 23 June
  • include more than 7,000 U.S. and 17,000 multi-national service members from
  • more than 20 Allied and partner nations
  • demonstrate U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s ability to quickly aggregate
  • combat power in Eastern Europe
  • increase lethality of the NATO Alliance through long-distance fires
  • build unit readiness in a complex joint, multi-national environment
  • leverage host nation capabilities to increase operational reach
Video by Sgt. 1st Class Nina Ramon
Community Day
206th Broadcast Operations Detachment
Sept. 15, 2023 | 0:50
The Defender Europe exercise, Immediate Response 23 provides an opportunity for locals in Kavadarci, North Macedonia, to meet and learn about the U.S. and other NATO and Partner Nation militaries.

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enlightenedTo find information about filing a claim related to exercise DEFENDER activities, visit Claims Information and select your country.