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    Alexandroupoli Port Ops Set Stage for DEFENDER-Europe 21

    Liberty Promise arrives in Alexandroupoli, Greece, in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21

    Photo By Spc. Katelyn Myers | The 839th Transportation Battalion Surface Deployment and Distribution Command...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Sgt. Adam Phelps 

    21st Theater Sustainment Command

    The 839th Transportation Battalion Surface Deployment and Distribution Command offloaded more than 300 pieces of equipment, including 10 helicopters, from the Liberty Promise commercial vessel, at the Port of Alexandroupoli, Greece, on May 5, 2021. The equipment will help set the theater for DEFENDER-Europe 21, a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and partner militaries.

    Port operations, like the ones conducted at Alexandroupoli, ensure the equipment necessary to set the stage for successful bilateral and multinational operations arrive in tact and on time. In addition to Greece, port facilities in Croatia, Albania and Germany have or will receive equipment from the U.S. in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21.

    “This exercise has been so important for being able to unite the U.S., U.K., Hellenic as well as NATO forces,” said Andre Cameron, Director of TC Detachment Eastern Mediterranean in Greece aligned under the 839th Transportation Battalion, 598th Transportation Brigade, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. “This gives us an opportunity to showcase joint cooperation in support of DEFENDER-Europe 2021 to further set the stage for future requirements.”

    The Alexandroupoli port has become increasingly important for the U.S. Army in recent years. In addition to current DEFENDER-Europe 21 operations, the port has also supported Atlantic Resolve rotations. In fact, aircraft from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade are staged at the port in preparation for their return to the U.S. following their recent Atlantic Resolve deployment to Europe.

    “The Port and City of Alexandroupoli continues to play a leading role in the U.S. and Greece's shared goals. Solidifying relationships, partnerships and friendships between the U.S. and Greece have promoted opportunities to champion joint logistics, training and mission support,” said Cameron.

    The port is located in the strategically important southern European region and is an example of how the number and range of ports the U.S. Army can employ have expanded across the theater.
    While operating in the current COVID-19 environment, the health and safety of the communities where U.S. personnel are located is a top priority. Although the operation in Alexandroupoli primarily involves equipment and aircraft, all Soldiers arriving for DEFENDER-Europe 21, regardless of location, undertake extensive measures to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.

    Before departing the U.S., Soldiers are required to perform pre-deployment restriction of movement periods, and COVID-19 testing. While travelling, all Soldiers wear masks and follow strict hygiene measures. After arriving in Europe, Soldiers undergo a second restriction of movement period, along with COVID-19 testing, before travelling further.

    Various Army units will transport equipment issued at Alexandroupoli to sites across Europe, setting the European theater to support mobilizing and deploying forces and enhance interoperability among Allies.



    Date Taken: 05.10.2021
    Date Posted: 05.17.2021 10:50
    Story ID: 396004

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