DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the largest deployment of U.S.-based forces to Europe for an exercise in more than 25 years. It focuses on operational and strategic readiness. Strategic readiness includes the ability of the U.S. military to dynamically project force and set the theater by mobilizing and deploying forces, sustaining them in a crisis and redeploying them when their mission is complete. Poland is a very important partner in this exercise.
If you are interested in meeting with American soldiers and learning more about DEFENDER-Europe 20, you will have several opportunities to do so in March!
- SUWAŁKI, March 2, 2020, 7:30 PM, Cultural Center, Jana Pawła II 5
- GDYNIA, March 3, 2020, 7:30 PM, Grom Cinema, Rondo Bitwy Pod Oliwą 81
- DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, March 4, 2020, 7:30 PM, Community Center, Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 12
- POWIDZ, March 5, 2020, 7:30 PM, Commulity Center, Park Powstańców Wielkopolskich 25
- ŻAGAŃ, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM, Ducal Palace, Szprotawska 4
During these meetings, Poles will have a chance to meet American soldiers in person, learn more and ask questions about the DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise, and listen to fantastic music by the U.S. Army Europe Rock Band and the NATO SHAPE Rock Band!
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, including Poland. DEFENDER-Europe 20 will not just build U.S. military readiness – it is a whole-of-Europe exercise that will help build the readiness of our Allies and partners to receive and enable the movement of a large force across the theater.
Exercises like DEFENDER-Europe 20 show that NATO allies and partners stand stronger together, the U.S. commitment to NATO is ironclad and is a prime example of our collective capabilities.