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
U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Army bridge construction b-roll package
21st Theater Sustainment Command
June 5, 2024 | 1:10
In a display of international collaboration, the US. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, Norwegian Armed Forces and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division joined forces to construct and maneuver across a medium girder bridge in Bjerkvik, Norway, on April 26-28, 2024, to test joint mobility capabilities during DEFENDER 2024. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Samuel Signor)

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