U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, are ferried across a river on a floating bridge constructed by both the Polish Army 2nd and 5th Engineer Regiments, at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 10, 2020, during a river crossing exercise, as part of exercise Allied Spirit. The DEFENDER-Europe 20 linked exercise, originally scheduled for May, takes place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 15-19, 2020. Approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers are taking part in the exercise.
The modified exercise will test a division-sized unit’s ability to conduct a deliberate water crossing, integrate with alliance capabilities, and establish a common intelligence operation picture. The exercise, modified in response to COVID-19, operates in accordance with the guidance directed by DoD and host nations. All U.S. Soldiers and civilians involved in the exercise completed a 14-day quarantine and were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival with additional health screenings if necessary.