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 Airman 1st Class Kyle Smith
U.S. conducts field hospital exercise in Baumholder (Defender 24)
Regional Media Center AFN Europe
May 23, 2024 | 1:00
U.S. Soldiers with 30th Medical Brigade constructed a field hospital in Baumholder Airfield as part of a hospital exercise, or HOSPEX. The HOSPEX is part of a larger multinational exercise called Defender 24, which aims to bolster U.S. troop readiness and deployability in Europe. (U.S. Department of Defense video by Airman 1st Class Kyle Smith)

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