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 Sgt. Tamie Norris
Wet Gap Crossing on a full span in an LMTV
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This video shows how a 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division LMTV crosses a lake on improved ribbon bridge built by US Army Engineers near Drawskow Pomorski, Poland, May, 15, 2024. (U.S. Army Reserve Video by Sgt. Tamie Norris)

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