Exercise Swift Response

The Army has been ramping up operations in Germany, using its thinly spread O&M money to reassure its continental allies that it is still capable of contributing to NATO.

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany (Aug. 6, 2015) — Paratroopers from 11 NATO nations will conduct a massive airborne combined joint forcible entry operation across four European nations during the U.S. Army-led Exercise Swift Response 15, Aug. 17-Sept. 13.
Swift Response 15 is the largest combined airborne training on the continent since the end of the Cold War. It’s designed to integrate multiple Allied nations’ high-readiness forces to operate as a cohesive team and demonstrate the Alliance’s capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe.
The exercise will take place in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Italy; and will include more than 4,800 Soldiers from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Our man on the scene snapped a few pics of the jump today.


Hohenfels is the maneuver training area. The exercise will conclude with live fire exercises at nearby Grafenwohr.

3 thoughts on “Exercise Swift Response”

  1. The OD round canopies are other nations and look to be a 32′ diameter favored by many European countries. The grayish canopies “with corners” so to speak are U.S. T-11’s.

      1. Honestly, I don’t know. I think part of the reason for the shift to the T-11 was the increased “out the door” weight of today’s jumpers.

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