The involvement of NATO SVK in said Reception, Staging and Onward
Movement was praised by the U.S. counterparts. On 25 May, the Deputy
Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia – Ms. Natasha S.
Franceschi – accompanied by the Defence Attaché of the United States
visited the transiting troops at the staging area in the Kuchyna Air
Base. After an office call by the Base´'s Deputy Commander, the U.S.
Embassy delegation was escorted to the staging area by the NFIU SVK
Mobile Liaison Team members. The Deputy Chief of Mission appreciated
support provided by both the Host Nation and NFIU SVK.
The crossings of U.S. troops through the Slovak Republic en route to the
Defender Europe-related training events have been held regularly since
2015. It is intended to demonstrate the readiness, coherence
and commitment of the NATO member states to ensure the security of the
region. Exercise Saber Guardian 2021 aims to test the
cooperation between Allies, Partners and the United States
military. The exercise is attended by almost 13,500 soldiers from 16
different countries. The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic participate
as a transiting country providing their Allies with logistical support.