Video by Spc. Kirsti Anne Beckett
Broll: U.S. and Czech Soldiers Conduct Live Fire Training
221st Public Affairs Detachment
May 16, 2024 | 5:55
Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, conduct live fire training with the Czech 72nd Mechanised Battalion as part of Exercise Immediate Response 24 at Daskabát Range, Czech Republic, May 9, 2024. Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers and U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve soldiers are participating in Immediate Response 24, a sub-exercise of DEFENDER 24.

DEFENDER 24 is the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness, and is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender exercise, and DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 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, including Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The 7th Mission Support Command, America’s Army Reserve in Europe, provides ready, capable units of action, to support U.S. Army Europe – Africa missions across the globe.

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