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    Know Your Defender 24: Spc. Garcia Esteban

    Know Your Defender 24: Spc. Garcia Esteban



    Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ohearn 

    221st Public Affairs Detachment

    Spc. Garcia Esteban, an infantry Soldier with the 1-252 Armor Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard, supports training for Exercise Immediate Response 24 on May 10, 2024, Mesto Libava, Czech Republic.

    "My favorite part about participating in Immediate Response 24 is being able to work together with my partner forces, see how well they can work, and see how well we can work with them to complete our tasks," Garcia said.

    Garcia also said it's been interesting training in a foreign country, and he's enjoyed seeing how other armies operate.

    "This kind of training makes me a better Soldier because you can add on from what you've learned from your partner forces and teach them what you know so that when there comes time we need to come together in real combat, it will flow seamlessly, and the job will get done that much quicker."

    DEFENDER is the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness, and is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender exercise, and DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations, including Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela O'Hearn)



    Date Taken: 05.12.2024
    Date Posted: 05.16.2024 03:59
    Photo ID: 8399721
    VIRIN: 240512-A-GP509-1112
    Resolution: 6141x4094
    Size: 13.09 MB
    Location: MESTO LIBAVA, CZ

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