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LEAP Scholars and FAOs Support U.S. Army Units in DEFENDER-Europe 21

UH-60 crews from 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment unload their Blackhawks after arriving at Bezmer Airfield, Bulgaria, on April 30, 2021, for Exercise Swift Response, part of DEFENDER-Europe 21. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade demonstrated its ability to rapidly project aviation assets from their home bases in Germany to Eastern Europe by deploying 17 aircraft, crossing seven countries in under 12 hours. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham.)

UH-60 crews from 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment unload their Blackhawks after arriving at Bezmer Airfield, Bulgaria, on April 30, 2021, for Exercise Swift Response, part of DEFENDER-Europe 21. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade demonstrated its ability to rapidly project aviation assets from their home bases in Germany to Eastern Europe by deploying 17 aircraft, crossing seven countries in under 12 hours. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Fellingham.)

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DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the United States, NATO allies, and partner militaries.

Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars and Foreign Area Officers Lt. Col. Stanislav Komitov, Maj. Thomas Nolta, Master Sgt. Jordon Kowalski, Tech. Sgt. Cristina Bennett, Tech. Sgt. Claudiu Golosie, Tech. Sgt. Melvin Hale, Tech. Sgt. Bojana Revenge, and Staff Sgt. Kenan Kulasevic are providing language support to multiple U.S. Army units across Europe in Albanian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Serbo-Croatian. Additionally, LEAP scholars Maj. Jasmin Trumic, Maj. Zachary Ziegler, Master Sgt. Gencian Blushi, Tech. Sgt. Michael Fusik, and Master Sgt. Marina Kelly translated 18 pages/slides across six different documents in Albanian, Arabic, German, Polish and Slovenian in support of DEFENDER-Europe 21 units.

This year, more than 30,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 14 countries from the Baltics to the strategically important Balkans and Black Sea Region.

Follow the latest news and information about DEFENDER-Europe 21, visit www.EuropeAfrica.army.mil/DefenderEurope.