USEUCOM, NATO Logisticians Plan for Crisis Response Force Action

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U.S. European Command logisticians joined 80 Allied and partner nation colleagues in Ulm, Germany, this week to rehearse the movement of the NATO Response Force and additional Ally units during a crisis.

Hosted by NATO’s newest command, the Joint Support and Enabling Command, the event included elements of major NATO Headquarters from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, USEUCOM, Joint Forces Command Brunssum, all USEUCOM component commands, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, U.S. Transportation Command, and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

The exercise scenario challenged the multinational logisticians to overcome practical constraints that arise from moving large combat forces and their sustainment across the continent and ultimately in directions spanning 360 degrees.

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“Thoroughly impressive demonstration of how NATO can come together as military professionals to solve the real-world challenge of moving and sustaining forces over a prolonged period of time.”

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The U.S. military consistently exercises how we bring additional combat forces to Europe in the case of crisis….”

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“It is great to see our NATO counterparts testing the defensive capabilities of air and sea points of debarkation,” added Purcell. “This allows us to collectively validate our ability to receive forces and project military power across the theater.”