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After careful assessment and planning between U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Ministry of Defense, exercise Allied Spirit, a DEFENDER-Europe 20 linked exercise, originally scheduled for May, will take place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 5-19.

Modified from its original design to ensure the safety of Soldiers due to COVID-19, the U.S. and Polish bilateral exercise will feature a Polish airborne operation and a U.S.-Polish division-size river crossing.

Approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers will take part in the exercise. Of those, approximately 4,000 U.S. Soldiers will come from the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters (Forward); 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; and approximately 2,000 Polish Soldiers will come from the 6th Polish Airborne Brigade; 9th Polish Armored Calvary Brigade; and 12th Polish Mechanized Brigade.

For more information view the full press release here.


DEFENDER-Europe Imagery

Current DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus Information

Original DEFENDER Europe Information

Press Releases & Media Advisories

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MEDIA ADVISORY | June 5 Telephonic Press Briefing
By | June 3, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY | June 5 Briefing with U.S. Army Europe Brigadier General Christopher R. Norrie,

DEFENDER-Europe 20 logo/crest
Press Release: DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus
By | May 13, 2020
After careful assessment and planning between U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Ministry of Defense,

United States European Command
Exercise Defender-Europe 20 UPDATE
By | March 16, 2020
In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and recent guidance by the Secretary of

United States European Command
U.S. European Command: Exercise Defender-Europe 20 Update
By | March 12, 2020
After careful review of the ongoing Defender-Europe 20 exercise activities and in light of the

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U.S. Armored unit equipment arrives at the Port of Vlissingen for DEFENDER-Europe 20
By | March 9, 2020
U.S. Army Europe invites members of the press to participate in a media event at 12:30 p.m., March

DEFENDER-Europe Videos

Video by Spc. Devron Bost
Exercise Allied Spirit
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs
June 16, 2020 | 1:54
U.S. Army's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division participates in Exercise Allied Spirit apart of DefenderEurope 20 on Bucierz Range, Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 13, 2020. The exercise, modified in response to COVID-19, operates in accordance with the guidance directed by DoD and host nations. All U.S. Soldiers and civilians involved in the exercise completed a 14-day quarantine and were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival with additional health screenings if necessary. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Devron Bost)

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