POTD: Immediate Response 24 - Virginia National Guard

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by Eric B

The hungriest beast of them all on this blog is our Photo Of The Day. It consumes hundreds of images every month, and here are two more for your viewing pleasure. Above you see a U.S. soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia National Guard, as he takes a defensive posture during a blank fire iteration of Immediate Response 24.

The location is the Libava Training Area, Czech Republic. DEFENDER is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted an 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, and took place between 28 March to 31 May 2024.

Immediate Response 24 - Virginia National Guard
“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, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.”

Images and captions: U.S. Army, photo by Staff Sgt. Randis Monroe.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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