U.S. Army Europe and Africa
May 3, 2022

DEFENDER-Europe 22 activities begin this month across nine countries in Europe, and continue through June

DEFENDER-Europe 22 is a large-scale U.S. Army Europe and Africa-directed, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S. and NATO allies and partners.


V Corps will command and control DEFENDER-Europe 22 forces. Exercise activities include multiple live fire exercises, road marches and river crossings.

DEFENDER-Europe 22 includes more than 3,268 U.S. and 5,887 multi-national service members from 11 allied and partner nations, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, and Great Britain.

The large-scale movement of troops and equipment for these exercises involve extensive support from each of the host nations….

“DEFENDER-Europe and its accompanying and linked exercises explicitly demonstrate our commitment to European security and to maintaining interoperability with our NATO allies and partners,” said Gen. Christopher Cavoli, U.S. Army Europe and Africa commanding general. “Through exercises like this, we are prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory with a strong, combat-credible force to ensure we stay stronger together in the face of any aggression.”