TEL AVIV, Israel - U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander for U.S.
European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO Supreme Allied Command Europe traveled
to Israel March 9 to meet with U.S. and Israeli leadership and troops
participating in the combined missile defense exercise Juniper Cobra 2018
(JC18), taking place through March 15.
During his visit Scaparrotti will speak with service men and women
representing units from U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Marine Forces Europe,
U.S. Army Forces Europe, and U.S. Air Forces Europe about the importance of
the U.S. Israeli partnership and contributions made toward enhanced defense
readiness by participating in JC18.
"I am pleased with the great teamwork and coordination that has taken place
to make this exercise a success," said Scaparrotti. "We value the
relationships we have with our IDF counterparts."
The exercise involves more than 2,500 U.S. military personnel. Approximately
2,000 IDF personnel from Israel are also participating.
During his visit, Scaparrotti will meet with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David
Friedman and IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, as well
as other military and civilian officials from both the U.S. and Israel. He
will tour the headquarters of JC18, Hatzor Air Force Base, and various other
bases and sites, to meet U.S. and Israeli troops.
Scaparrotti said he believes in the benefits of conducting exercises like
JC18, and that training together only strengthens their existing defense
"The U.S. is deeply committed to the defense of Israel," Scaparrotti said.
"We will continue to work alongside them to promote stability throughout the
region, not only for the purposes of this exercise, but in the event of any
"To have General Scaparrotti make time to speak with us, shows us how
important this exercise truly is," said U.S. Army PV2 Jacob Sharp, assigned
to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, 82nd
Engineering Battalion. "It really reinforces the importance of us being
here, and our relationship with Israel."
On March 10, Scaparrotti will meet with the crew of the U.S. Navy's Sixth
Fleet amphibious command ship, USS Mount Whitney, at Haifa Port before
heading to the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv for additional meetings. His visit will
conclude with another round of meetings with the U.S. Ambassador to Israel
JC18 is part of a long-standing agreement between U.S. European Command and
the Israel Defense Force to hold bi-lateral training exercises on a regular
basis in order to promote and sustain regional stability and to ensure
Israel's qualitative military edge. The exercise is conducted through
computer simulations focused on improving combined missile defense
capabilities and overall interoperability between USEUCOM and the IDF.
For more information about U.S. European Command visit
http://www.eucom.mil/. For more information about JC18 visit
U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic
combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia
and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is
comprised of more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel and is
responsible for U.S. defense operations, relations with NATO and 51
countries. For more information about U.S. European Command, visit