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NEWS | May 16, 2024

VIDEO: Sustaining the battle force: Army Reserve at DEFENDER 24 in Europe

By Staff Sgt. Angela O’Hearn 221st Public Affairs Detachment

The 510th Regional Support Group, 7th Mission Support Command, provided Base Operational Support and Integration operations, enabling the reception, staging and integration of DEFENDER 24 participant units and equipment in support of Exercise Immediate Response 24 in the Czech Republic, May 4 to 17, 2024.

Soldiers of the 510th RSG, including U.S. Army Reserve Pfc. Nyah McNeal, a unit supply specialist, U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Kristofer Hellstrom, a communications noncommissioned officer, and U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 Emily Dooly, the unit’s property book officer, discuss the unit’s motto and how it relates to the unit’s support of the mission, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Hoffman, the commander of the 3-116th Infantry Regiment, Virginia National Guard, discusses the importance of the 510th’s role and the total Army concept in this 2:45 feature video story.

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.

The 7th Mission Support Command, America’s Army Reserve in Europe, provides ready, capable units of action, to support U.S. Army Europe – Africa missions across the globe. For more stories and information on the 7th Mission Support Command, connect on Facebook @7thmsc. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Angela O’Hearn).