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Defender Europe 20 LogoExercise 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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As of Jan. 14, 2020, U.S. Forces will draw Army Propositioned Stock from four sites in three European countries for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli briefly explains the significance of exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 during a panel discussion at the Association of the United States Army 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition.
As of Dec. 6, 2019, about 750 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers will participate in DEFENDER-Europe 20.
Interview with 1st Lt. Patrick O'Dowd an assistant convoy commander for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
As of Dec. 3, 2019, about 9,000 U.S. service members stationed in Europe will participate in DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Nov. 22, 2019, 7,000 Army National Guard Soldiers will be participating in DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Nov. 22, 2019, fourteen air and sea ports in eight European countries will be used for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
DEFENDER-Europe 20 supports NATO objectives to build readiness and deter potential adversaries.
As of Oct. 6, 2019, maritime capabilities will be enabled by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Oct. 6, 2019, U.S. Army prepositioned stock (APS) equipment is expected to travel approximately 4,000km across twelve convoy routes during DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Oct. 6, 2019, airpower capabilities will be enabled by U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces in Africa for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Oct. 6, 2019, approximately 20,000 U.S. service members from the continental U.S. are expected to deploy to Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of Oct. 6, 2019, approximately 37,000 allied and U.S. service members are anticipated to participate in DEFENDER-Europe 20.
As of October 6, 2019, approximately 20,000 pieces of equipment are scheduled to be moved from the continental U.S. into Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 20.
Association of the United States Army Convention, Day 2, Contemporary Military Forum: DEFENDER-Europe 20 - Deterring Adversaries Through Strategic Readiness and Interoperability.
DEFENDER-Europe 20, and linked activities, will increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force and equipment from the United States to Europe; and alongside its allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis. The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries.

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