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 Staff Sgt. Rene Rosas
Allied Strength Across Waters: Wet Gap Crossing with NATO Forces
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An Improved Ribbon Bridge and raft system is utilized to cross the Drawa River during DEFENDER 24 at Drawsko Combat Training Center, Poland, May 16, 2024. The Improved Ribbon Bridge allows NATO allies to move and maneuver armored vehicles across water obstacles. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Rene Rosas)

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