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What is DEFENDER-Europe 21?

DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise:

  • Focuses on building operational readiness and interoperability with a greater number of NATO allies and partners over a wider area of operations
  • Is defensive in nature and focused on responding to crisis if necessary
  • Demonstrates that the U.S. commitment to NATO is iron clad
  • Integrates approximately 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations to conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 12 countries.
  • Includes strict COVID prevention and mitigation measures, such as pre-deployment COVID testing and quarantining.
  • Has significant involvement of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.
  • Utilizes key ground and maritime routes bridging Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Exercises new high-end capabilities such the new U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades, air and missile defense assets and the recently reactivated V Corps
  • Demonstrates our ability to serve as a strategic security partner in the western Balkans and Black Sea regions while sustaining our abilities in northern Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine and Africa.

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Press Information

 


Here is a full list of all DEFENDER-Europe 21 public announcements, media advisories and press releases:

U.S. forces redeploy as DEFENDER-Europe 21 concludes
By | June 21, 2021
U.S. forces are in the process of redeploying to the United States as DEFENDER-Europe 21 activities across Europe come to a close.
Media Advisory - HQ MNC-SE hosts final Defender-Europe 21 Media Opportunity
By | June 11, 2021
Between June 10-14, about 400 soldiers belonging to the Command of the Southeast Multinational Corps, the 46th Support Regiment, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Great Britain, the V Corps of the US Army Europe and Africa, as well as from different structures of the Romanian Army, participates in the activities specific to the command exercise DEFENDER-EUROPE 21 Computer Assisted Exercise / Command Post Exercise, in Romania (Bucharest) and in Germany.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements through Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | June 9, 2021
From June 12 to 16, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements thru Slovakia. The unit is returning from Hungary, where it participated in exercise Saber Guardian 21, to its home station in Vilseck, Germany.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements in Hungary for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | June 9, 2021
From June 12 to 15, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements thru Hungary as they return from participating in Saber Guardian 21 to their home station in Vilseck, Germany.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements through the Czech Republic for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | June 9, 2021
From June 13 to 17, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements thru the Czech Republic. The unit is returning from Hungary, where it participated in exercise Saber Guardian 21, to its home station in Vilseck, Germany.
PRESS RELEASE - V Corps to Participate in DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | June 3, 2021
V Corps Soldiers will participate in DEFENDER-Europe 21 beginning June 7, 2021, from both Fort Knox, Kentucky and Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Media Advisory – Upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 21 media opportunities in Romania
By | June 2, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21, June 2 – 9.
Press Release - Statement regarding incident in Cheshnegirovo
By | June 1, 2021
On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria learned of an incident that occurred during a military training exercise in Cheshnegirovo. As part of Exercise Swift Response 21, between May 10-14, U.S. soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade conducted a training exercise to simulate seizing and securing the Cheshnegirovo decommissioned airfield in Bulgaria.
Press Release - US Army Europe and Africa commanding general visits DEFENDER-Europe 21 host nations
By | June 1, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s Commanding General visited southern Europe and the Balkans May 21-27, to meet with military and government officials and U.S. embassy country teams supporting DEFENDER-Europe 21.
Media Advisory – Upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 21 media opportunities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, North Macedonia
By | May 26, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21, May 27 – June 3.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements in Hungary for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 24, 2021
From May 25 to 27, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements in Hungary. The unit is departing from its home station in Vilseck, Germany to training areas in Hungary. U.S. Soldiers will employ the equipment as part of exercise Saber Guardian, linked to DEFENDER-Europe 21.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements through Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 23, 2021
From May 24 to 26, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements thru Slovakia. The unit is departing from its home station in Vilseck, Germany to training areas in Hungary. U.S. Soldiers will employ the equipment as part of exercise Saber Guardian, linked to DEFENDER-Europe 21.
Community notification for U.S. Army equipment movements through the Czech Republic for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 22, 2021
From May 22 to 26, military equipment and Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment are scheduled for movements thru the Czech Republic. The unit is departing from its home station in Vilseck, Germany to training areas in Hungary. U.S. Soldiers will employ the equipment as part of exercise Saber Guardian, linked to DEFENDER-Europe 21.
Press Release - Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21 DV Day highlights Slovenia’s contributions to peace and security
By | May 20, 2021
Senior political and military leaders from the U.S. and Slovenia came together today to witness live-fire training events as part of Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21 distinguished visitor day.
Media Advisory - Upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 21 media opportunities in Croatia and Slovenia
By | May 19, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21, May 19-27.
Press Release - U.S. Army equipment movements in Croatia for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 14, 2021
Commercial line haul vehicles carrying U.S. military vehicles and equipment from Romania, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, will travel through Romania and Hungary before entering Croatia en route to the Main Training Area in Slunj between May 14-16, 2021.
Press Release - U.S. Army vehicles to convoy through Croatia for DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 14, 2021
A convoy of approximately 75 military vehicles and equipment, including Patriot air defense systems, will enter Croatia from Slovenia en route to Zemunik Air Base between May 14-16, 2021.
Media Advisory – Upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 21 media opportunities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, North Macedonia
By | May 12, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21, May 12-19.
Media Advisory - Upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 21 events in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania
By | May 5, 2021
U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21. All events are subject to change and limitations based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Press Release - U.S. and U.K. vessels to deliver 300-plus pieces of military equipment to Croatia’s Gazenica port for the multinational military drill, DEFENDER-Europe 21
By | May 4, 2021
U.S. Naval Ship Yuma and U.K. Vessel Hurst Point will off-load more than 300 pieces of military equipment at Zadar, Croatia’s Gazenica port after ferrying it from Durres, Albania, as part of DEFENDER-Europe 21, May 4-7, 2021.
Press Release - Defender Europe 21 Opening Ceremony
By | May 4, 2021
Join us live, May 4, 2021 at 0930 CEST for the opening ceremony of Defender Europe 21 in Albania where Gen. Tod Wolters will give remarks.
Upcoming Telephonic Press Briefing with Brigadier General Christopher R. Norrie and Colonel Daniel George Miller, U.S. Army, and Major General Indrek Sirel, Estonian Defense Force
By | May 4, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY | Please join us on Wednesday, May 5, for a telephonic press briefing with Brigadier
Media Advisory – DEFENDER-Europe 21 media opportunities in Albania, Estonia, virtually
By | April 28, 2021
WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events for DEFENDER-Europe 21. All events are subject to change and limitations based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.  
Media Advisory - DEFENDER-Europe 21 Activities Open to Media
By | April 23, 2021
WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Europe and Africa invites members of the press to participate in upcoming scheduled media events.
Press Release - DEFENDER-Europe 21 activities begin this month, include two dozen nations
By | March 15, 2021
WIESBADEN, Germany – DEFENDER-Europe 21 activities begin this month across Europe and continue through June.
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DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and partner militaries. This year, approximately 28,000 multinational forces from 27 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 12 countries. Follow the latest news and information about DEFENDER-Europe 21, visit www.EuropeAfrica.army.mil/DefenderEurope. (All numbers are approximate and locations are subject to change)
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