Defender Europe 21, which Swift Response is linked to, is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build strategic and operational readiness while enhancing interoperability between the U.S., NATO Allies, and Partner forces in Europe. Defender Europe 21-related activities officially began in Estonia with a live-fire exercise at the Tapa Central Training Grounds on May 5. Along with the Swift Response operation in Estonia, the U.S. Army's
82nd Airborne Division is executing two other multinational airborne
operations across Europe in May. Overall, more than 7,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,
82nd Airborne Division; 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Polish 6th Airborne
Brigade, and eight other nations are supporting a series of near
simultaneous Joint Forcible Entry operations into Estonia, Lithuania,
and Romania respectively.
This year, more than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in more than a dozen countries from the Balkans and Black Sea Region to the Baltics.
The U.S. commitment to the Baltics is of special prominence. Bound by
shared values, Multinational Corps Northeast and our U.S. Allies act in a collective effort to
deter malign activities and ensure security across the region. Our
strong partnership bolsters NATO, said LTG Wojciechowski.