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. Samuel Signor
Norway Convoy B-Roll Package
21st Theater Sustainment Command
June 5, 2024 | 1:07
U.S. Army Soldiers belonging to 21st Theater Sustainment Command, in collaboration with the Norwegian Armed Forces, successfully conducted the initial push of onward movement of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from the port of Narvik, Norway, on April 26, 2024, to initiate training operations during the DEFENDER 2024 multinational exercise. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Samuel Signor)

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