About DEFENDER 24

DEFENDER 24 is scheduled to occur April 4 – May 31. It will involve more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multi-national service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations.

The exercise is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender 24 exercise, and is comprised of three sub-exercises: Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response.

DEFENDER 24 is focused on the strategic deployment of continental, U.S.-based forces, employment of U.S. Army prepositioned stocks, and interoperability with Allies and partners at exercise locations across 13 European countries. It seeks to deter adversaries, transform operational mission command, build readiness, and strengthen the NATO Alliance.

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Convoy to Saber Strike 24: Reel
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April 10, 2024 | 0:16
A U.S. Army convoy attached to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment passes through Frankenberg, Germany in order to conduct refueling operations on Wettiner-Kaserne Military Base, April 9, 2024. The vehicles in the convoy are the first element of U.S. forces participating in Saber Strike 24, the first iteration of U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF)’s DEFENDER 24 series. (U.S. Army Video By Spc. Austin Robertson)
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enlightenedTo find information about filing a claim related to exercise DEFENDER activities, visit Claims Information and select your country.