U.S. Forces Participate in Swedish Military Exercise


U.S. military personnel began participation today in Exercise Aurora 2017, a Swedish national exercise designed to strengthen regional defense capabilities.

Members of the Swedish media interview a U.S. soldier during the Aurora 2017 media day in Säve, Sweden, Sept. 13, 2017. Swedish Armed Forces Commander Gen. Per Micael Bydén and Director of the Swedish Armed Forces Gen. Peter Sandwall observed the French and American air defense systems and visited with soldiers at the event. Swedish Armed Forces photo by Astrid Amtén Skage
Members of the Swedish media interview a U.S. soldier during the Aurora 2017 media day in Säve, Sweden, Sept. 13, 2017. Swedish Armed Forces Commander Gen. Per Micael Bydén and Director of the Swedish Armed Forces Gen. Peter Sandwall observed the French and American air defense systems and visited with soldiers at the event. Swedish Armed Forces photo by Astrid Amtén Skage
Members of the Swedish media interview a U.S. soldier during the Aurora 2017 media day in Säve, Sweden, Sept. 13, 2017. Swedish Armed Forces Commander Gen. Per Micael Bydén and Director of the Swedish Armed Forces Gen. Peter Sandwall observed the French and American air defense systems and visited with soldiers at the event. Swedish Armed Forces photo by Astrid Amtén Skage
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Members of the Swedish media interview a U.S. soldier during the Aurora 2017 media day in Säve, Sweden, Sept. 13, 2017. Swedish Armed Forces Commander Gen. Per Micael Bydén and Director of the Swedish Armed Forces Gen. Peter Sandwall observed the French and American air defense systems and visited with soldiers at the event. Swedish Armed Forces photo by Astrid Amtén Skage
Photo By: Astrid Amtén Skage/Forsvarsmakten
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The exercise continues through Sept. 27 and will take place in Mälardalen, Stockholm, Gotland and Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the largest national exercise hosted by Sweden in more than 20 years.

“The interoperability and cooperation of Sweden and the United States remains vital,” said Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, U.S. European Command commander. “I look forward to continued future military exercises, like Aurora 17, in which we can all learn and share valuable information for the profession of arms.”

In addition to 19,000 Swedish participants, approximately 1,300 U.S. service members from the Army, Marines and Navy will take part in the exercise. Participating Army and Marine Corps forces include elements of the Army’s 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment; the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 194th Armored Regiment; the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 134th Infantry Regiment; the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; and Marine Rotational Force Europe 17.2. Participating Navy forces include the destroyer USS Oscar Austin and a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron 16.

Participating U.S. forces will train in defensive and offensive operations, simulated airborne operations, simulated amphibious assault, area security and unit level tactics.