Exercises and Operations

EUCOM and it's components are actively engaged in more than 100 exercises and operations that enhance their ability to play an active role in transatlantic security and defend the United States forward.

Most exercises, and even many of the operations, partner EUCOM with other nations and U.S. government agencies to broaden the command's perspective and help to maintain high standards of performance.

Ballistic Missile Defense, a joint venture with NATO for the European Phased Adaptive Approach, is one of the most active and visible operations in the EUCOM area of responibility.

The Combined Endeavor exercise annually brings more than 40 nations together for the largest communications exercise of its kind. Additionally, the Jackal Stone exercise, spearheaded by Special operations Command Europe, joins multinational special operations forces in a partnership building and interoperability exercise that emphasizes mutual respect and collaborative training.

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Cape Ray Support to UN/OPCW Joint Mission

On September 27, 2013, the OPCW Executive Council adopted a consensus decision on Syrian chemical weapons and the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118. Together, these actions set out an ambitious program and commitment by the international community to dismantle and destroy Syria's chemical weapons program. The United States is committed to this multinational effort and to ensuring that the hydrolysis of Syria's chemical materials prioritizes the safety of people, protects the environment, follows OPCW verification procedures, and is within applicable standards. In addition to lending our unique capabilities through specially outfitting a U.S. vessel, the United States has provided tens of millions of dollars in assistance to support the OPCW's efforts. Many other nations have also contributed to this effort.

Patriots to Turkey

EUCOM support to the NATO mission in Turkey

Ballistic Missile Defense

European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) is a plan where EUCOM complements NATO’s strategic concept of incorporating missile defense as a core element of alliance security.

Georgia Deployment Program

The Georgian Deployment Program was piloted as a two-year training program consisting of four six-month rotations to train Georgian infantry in counter-insurgency tactics, techniques and procedures and prepare for deployment.

Exercise Jackal Stone

The objective of Exercise Jackal Stone is to provide special operations forces the opportunity to train together and build mutual respect amongst each other while sharing doctrinal concepts, training concepts and various tactics, techniques and procedures.

Exercise Combined Endeavor

Combined Endeavor is the largest command, control, communications and computers (C4) interoperability event in the world.

Logistics Exercise (LOGEX)

LOGEX typically involves 10-12 nations, the Joint Staff, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and a geographic Combatant Command (COCOM) Staff, which trains more than 100 logisticians.


Capable Logistician is a logistics standardization and interoperability Field Training Exercise designed to address these concerns.

Austere Challenge 2012

Austere Challenge 2012 is a bilateral air-defense exercise between the U.S. and Israel involving more than 3,500 U.S. personnel in Israel and Europe and approximately 1,000 Israel Defense Forces personnel in Israel.