About DEFENDER 24

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.

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Training Support Activity Europe supports DEFENDER
Training Support Activity Europe
June 7, 2024 | 0:50
Daryl Scott, a Regional Supervisor with the Expeditionary Training Support Division, Training Support Activity Europe (TSAE), speaks about how TSAE provides support to meet training objectives during Immediate Response 24 as part of the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness (DEFENDER) Large Scale Global Exercise at the Libava Training Area, Czech Republic, May 9, 2024. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Randis Monroe)
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