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Who We Are

Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, U.S. Army Europe’s ready, lethal and combat-credible forces are strategically positioned across our 51-country area of responsibility to deter aggression and reassure our allies and partners of the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in Europe. There are approximately 38,000 U.S. Army Soldiers, 11,000 Department of the Army civilians and 13,000 local nationals assigned and deployed throughout Europe. 

U.S. Army Europe’s permanent forces include maneuver units such as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, 41st Fires Brigade and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Operational and theater enablers such as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 7th Army Training Command, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 2nd Theater Signal Brigade, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, the U.S. Army NATO Brigade, Installation Management Command-Europe and Regional Health Command-Europe provide essential skills and services that enable our entire force. 

Additionally, funded by the U.S. European Defense Initiative, nine-month armored, aviation and logistical rotations in support of Atlantic Resolve reinforce the U.S. commitment to the European theater. We also provide active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to support NATO missions such as the Enhanced Forward Presence in Poland, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and the Kosovo Force.

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What We Do

U.S. Army Europe's mission is to provide ready, combat-credible land forces to, and set the essential conditions for, U.S. European Command and NATO to deter aggression from any potential adversary in the European theater.

To accomplish this we build and sustain strong relationships with our allies and partners, promote multinational military interoperability, and as the Theater Army, we are prepared to serve as the Joint Forces Land Component Command to protect the homeland and defeat any potential threat to U.S interests in Europe. U.S. Army Europe is also responsible for the Georgia Defense Readiness Program-Training and Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine training missions. 

Additionally, U.S. Army Europe participates in more than 50 multinational exercises each year. Participation in these exercises enhances our professional relationships and improves overall interoperability with allies and partners. In 2019, our Soldiers joined 68,000 multinational participants for training events in 45 countries.

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Why It Matters

U.S. and European defense concerns are inseparable as part of a stable international order. Together, the U.S. and Europe face a growing number of transnational threats that include near-peer and hybrid military threats at levels less than armed conflict, violent extremism, global terrorism, illicit trafficking, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and infectious disease. 

The U.S. Army presence in Europe represents more than 70 years of strong and unremitting commitment to regional stability and collective defense.

Our continued presence reassures our allies and partners, and provides the physical and lethal deterrence necessary to counter threats to U.S. interests in Europe while honoring our commitment to NATO.

Command Brief

Would you like to know more about the mission of U.S. Army Europe? View our 'Command Brief'



Each year hundreds of U.S. armed forces members join service members and civilians from all over Europe to recognize and honor the men and women of the "Greatest Generation" during the commemorative period of 1-9 June in the region of Normandy, France. Visit the D-Day website for more information.

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

US Army Europe shoulder sleeve insignia



U.S. Army Europe's distinctive insignia began as the insignia of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. Designed in 1943 by two British soldiers, the flaming sword represents liberation, the black background stands for the occupation of Europe, the rainbow represents the Allied nations and hope and the blue band at the top stands for the anticipated peace. Shortly after the end of the war the black background was replaced with blue to symbolize peace and the liberation of Europe.

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