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    Lt. Col. Kevin Hoffman, Commander, Talks Importance of Max Participation

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    Lt. Col. Kevin Hoffman, commander of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard located in Winchester, Virginia, and commander of Task Force St. Lo, talks about Defender Europe 24 and why Soldiers participate in the exercise. Lt. Col. Hoffman also talks about the opportunities the exercise has opened to Soldiers within the task force to work alongside allied military forces outside the United States.

    DEFENDER is a 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 video by Maj. Brandin Walker)



    Date Taken: 05.11.2024
    Date Posted: 05.15.2024 09:44
    Category: Interviews
    Video ID: 923572
    VIRIN: 240511-A-ES413-7630
    Filename: DOD_110308503
    Length: 00:00:54
    Location: CZ

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