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U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division from Hunter Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, conduct medical evacuation hoist training with our allied Polish partners at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, June 8, 2020, as part of the Exercise Allied Spirit. The DEFENDER-Europe 20 linked exercise, originally scheduled for May, takes place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 15-19, 2020. Approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers are taking part in the exercise. The modified exercise will test a division-sized unit's ability to conduct a deliberate water crossing, integrate with alliance capabilities, and establish a common intelligence operation picture. 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. For more information about Allied Spirit and DEFENDER-Europe
The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deployable forces to the United States Europe, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility. Forward deployed across Italy and Germany, the brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build partnerships and strengthen the alliance.
Twenty-six ships, nine aircraft and more than 2,000 sailors from eight NATO Allies and partner nations took part in Bulgarian Navy-led exercise Breeze, an annual maritime exercise held off the coast of Bulgaria in the Black Sea. Breeze 2020 aimed to improve the readiness of all participants. In addition to host country Bulgaria, countries represented included Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Turkey. Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) also participated. The exercise ran from 10 to 19 July 2020. This footage, courtesy of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, includes shots of ships from Allies and partner nations that participated in the exercise at sea.
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade fire TOW missiles in Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany to maintain combat readiness July 21, 2020. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deployable forces to the United States Europe, Africa, and Central Command areas of responsibility. Forward deployed across Italy and Germany, the brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build partnerships and strengthen the alliance.
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