U.S. Army Europe conducts and/or participates in exercises across Europe. U.S. Army Europe will lead or co-lead an exercise, a major unit of U.S. Army Europe will lead or co-lead and exercise or U.S. Army Europe will participate in exercise. Each exercises is a separate entity, but many utilize a common scenario focused on furthering partner capacity while improving interoperability and readiness with our NATO allies and partners.

Exercises U.S. Army Europe participates in
(not all exercises listed link to a webpage)

Astral Knight is a U.S. Air Forces Europe exercise that takes place from June 3-7 at various locations in Croatia, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. AK19 is a joint exercise conducting integrated air and missile defense of key terrain. AK19 will involve a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted exercise scenarios, and includes participation of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Army Europe and the Croatian Air Force. U.S. Army Europe's participation includes the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command deploying to Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Aviano Air Base, Italy; Port of Koper, Slovenia; and aboard an Aegis Destroyer.


Breakthrough is a Hungarian national exercise taking place from June 4-15 in the vicinity of Varpalota, Hungary.
Hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces, Breakthrough 2019 is a bilateral exercise that will test several fires systems, and execute multi-echelon fires to increase interoperability and readiness between the two armies. Highlights of Breakthrough 2019 include an artillery live fire, and the participation of several U.S. Army National Guard units from four different states.  

Decisive Strike is North Macedonia’s national exercise taking place from June 5 – July 10, at the Krivolak Military Training Center in Krivolak, North Macedonia. Co-led by Army of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the exercise culminates with a company-level combined arms live fire exercise that will provide opportunities for the nations to improve readiness and interoperability among allies and partners. Highlights of Decisive Strike 2019 include air-ground operations, an explosive breach, live fires, and simulated and medical evacuations.

Shabla is a Bulgarian national exercise taking place from June 4-14 in Shabla, Bulgaria. Hosted by Bulgarian Armed Forces, Shabla 2019 includes the participation of the Bulgarian Air Force, Navy and Land Forces, and U.S. Army Europe's 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. This bilateral, joint air defense live fire exercise is designed to improve readiness and interoperability in order to protect national air sovereignty. Highlights of Shabla 2019 include a series of live fires featuring several different types of missiles and missile firing systems.

Strike Back is a Bulgarian national exercise taking place from June 6 - 20, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.
Hosted by Bulgarian Armed Forces, Strike Back 2019 is a multinational exercise including participation of Albania, Greece, North Macedonia and U.S. troops. The exercise is designed to increase capabilities and interoperability with allies and partners. The highlight of Strike Back 2019 is a battalion live fire exercise with artillery and mortar fires.


Szentes Axe is a Hungarian national exercise taking place from May 31 – June 11, in Szentes, Hungary. Hosted by the Hungarian Ground Forces, Szentes Axe 2019 is bilateral field training exercise designed to enable freedom of movement and sustainment operations throughout the area. The highlight of Szentes Axe 2019 is a wet gap crossing.