NATO allies meet for Defender 20 strategic planning workshop in Warsaw

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Story by Spc. Cody Kellum

Date: 01.30.2020
Posted: 01.31.2020 08:47
News ID: 361230
NATO allies meet for Defender 20 strategic planning workshop in Warsaw

In support of Exercise Defender-Europe 20, service members and representatives from Poland, the U.S. and other NATO allies met for a strategic planning workshop in Warsaw, Poland on Jan. 30, 2020.

Defender 20 is the largest U.S. force deployment to Europe in more than 25 years. This exercise demonstrates the U.S. military’s ability to quickly deploy a large force to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and respond to any crisis.

Included among the distinguished visitors present were the Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, along with Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard, U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General for Army National Guard, and Gen. Jarosław Mika, the General Commander of the Polish Armed Forces in Warsaw.

“This exercise is not just symbolic, it gets to the heart of what we mean when we talk about collective European security,” said Mosbacher. “In a crisis, NATO must be able to respond as quickly as possible. Defender-Europe 20 simply could not happen without Poland.”

The multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place this upcoming Spring. Approximately 37,000 U.S., allied, and partner nation service members from 18 different countries are expected to participate.

“The purpose of Defender-Europe 20 is to exercise the U.S. military’s ability to deploy a large force from the U.S. to Europe to respond to any crisis alongside our NATO allies,” said Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard. “This is not just a U.S. event, but includes all of Europe and is centered in Poland. Thank you for all of the support to our soldiers here in Poland, Defender-Europe 20, and to the NATO alliance.”

There will be several media events held during the exercise. Journalists, media outlets and those looking for more information should email U.S. Army Europe at