DEFENDER 24 is scheduled to occur from 28 March to 31 May. It is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations.

The exercise is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender 24 exercise, DoD’s Large Scale Global 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.

Video by Spc. Ashley Xie
Swift Response 24: JFE 82nd ABN DIV B-roll
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May 19, 2024 | 2:19
U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, conduct Joint Forcible Entries as an essential part of Swift Response 24 at Luna, Romania, on May 13, 2024. Swift Response 24 enhances combat readiness amongst participating NATO Allies and partner nations, ensuring their ability to respond to emerging threats rapidly. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Ashley Xie)

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