full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-pyJCkDbkQ
From the "Defender Europe" website:
Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas.
U.S.-based equipment will leave from ports in four states and arrive in six European countries. This will require the support of tens of thousands of service members and civilians in multiple nations.
U.S. service members will then spread out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces and participate in various annual exercises.
These U.S. and European exercises are regularly conducted and not part of DEFENDER-Europe 20, but rather "linked" through a shared exercise scenario, coordinated mission command, mutual sustainment and common communication environment.
DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the largest deployment of U.S.-based forces to Europe for an exercise in the more than 25 years.
"Nearly 20,000 service members will take part in the largest drill of the US army in Europe in 25 years. The 'Defender-Europe 20' exercises which begin in the end of February were announced at a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday.
General Andrew M. Rohling, the deputy commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, said that the purpose of this massive military drill is "to exercise the United States' military' ability to deploy a large force of personnel and equipment from the continent of the United States to the continent of Europe, and alongside our NATO allies and partners, quickly respond to any crisis.
Rohling went on explaining that US soldiers' equipment will mostly come "via multiple seaports in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands," before adding that "Germany's support is critical to the success of this exercise."
Bundeswehr Armed Forces Inspector Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis said that the deployment will continue until the end of April.
"Usually the deployment will occur at night, so that the traffic would be less affected by it during the day."
He also specified that the drill "is not oriented against Russia."
Listen to General Andrew M. Rohling and General Martin Schelleis here :
full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJYyKvRCOhU
Again, why can't these Americans just stay home? Don't they know about that terrible virus roaming across Europe? What if their troops all go down with the deadly flu?
And on this other military website we can read that...
"Army readies plan to deal with coronavirus during Defender Europe exercise"
STUTTGART, Germany — The Army is “war-gaming” emergency plans that would be rolled out if the coronavirus afflicts troops taking part in Defender Europe 20, one of the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War, a top commander said Wednesday.
With the virus spreading rapidly, including in Europe, some 20,000 U.S.-based troops are rotating to the Continent for Defender Europe, which runs through July.
“We are working and war-gaming public health and medical support plans to identify any shortfall we might have and we are addressing those shortfalls and requirements with each individual host nation,” U.S. Army Europe deputy commander Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling told reporters.
The News Media almost make us believe that those 30000 US soldiers (or so) are on a hiking journey throughout Europe. Assuming that they are lying about the peaceful purposes of this 'Defender Europe 20 Exercise', I asked myself the following question:
WHO EXACTLY ARE THEY THREATENING BY GOING TO GERMANY?
Now, Germany borders to 9 countries, 8 of them are a member of the EU, just like Germany itself, and one, Switzerland, is not a member of the European Union. It has its own currency and very much its own legislation.
After searching for 'EU', 'Switzerland', 'pressure', many news articles appeared on my screen, with background information on why and how the European Union is indeed putting (political) pressure on Switzerland these days. No mention of US Armed Forces though...
Could this 'Defender Europe 20 Exercise' be just the NEXT STEP to increase the pressure on certain people in Switzerland?
I dont think it is about switzerland for various reasons.
I caught myself here a bit surprised, how i did not came to conclude the...Erm...kind of obvious.
The whole defender-20-thing is about deploying a whole Division of US-Soldiers to "defend"an east-european country (from Russia - kind of obvious ). Like offically...look it up.
As always Germany has to play a central role. Which isn't such surprise, since GE is the key to continental -europe. From a geopolitical PoV.And therefore had not let be independent since WW2.
Baden-Wuerttemberg, a Bundesland - which is compareable to us-states, will declare schools shut down, till easter - mid of april, by tomorrow. Related offically to this Corona-stupidity. I for myselfthink that at this point things will rapidly will take up pace. Parents have to stay at home etc.
Could there be comming something involwing NATO and Russia? Like the whole "Defender" as the famous same-day-drills, well known from all the other Events?
Kind of horrifying to think that way.
Stuttgart / Germany
Right. They will participating with "only" 5.500 soldiers. Those which are allready stationed in europe. Wich could easy prove sort of any tactic. Makes me easy worried a bit more.
I must admit I don't really believe this Switzerland-thing myself anymore. It seemed so obvious to me, one week ago, with authorities taking control of Lombardia, with US-soldiers in Germany, and with the reasoning of my previous post, but today Switzerland closed its schools, banned large public events and tightened its border checks, just like so many European countries did before. They are just part of the machine.