Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas.
U.S.-based equipment will leave from ports in four states and arrive in six European countries. This will require the support of tens of thousands of service members and civilians in multiple nations.
U.S. service members will then spread out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces and participate in various annual exercises.
These U.S. and European exercises are regularly conducted and not part of DEFENDER-Europe 20, but rather
“linked” through a shared exercise scenario, coordinated mission command, mutual sustainment and common communication environment.
DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the largest deployment of U.S.-based forces to Europe for an exercise in the more than 25 years.
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U.S. Army Europe is closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and diligently working with host nation officials as we continue with the execution of DEFENDER-Europe 20 and linked exercises. The health and well-being of all personnel is paramount. At this time, there are no U.S. Soldiers, family members or civilian employees infected and the virus has not impacted the execution DEFENDER-Europe 20.
U.S. Army Europe is taking this situation very seriously and working closely with our host nation partners to align our policies and prevent the spread of this virus. We are also coordinating with our host nation counterparts and appropriate health authorities to ensure our personnel have the information. We encourage all Soldiers, civilians and family members to stay informed through official channels and follow travel guidelines established by the State Department. Information will be posted and continually updated to this website: https://www.eur.army.mil/ and other U.S. Army Europe official social media platforms.
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