TUTTGART, Germany - At the invitation of the Serbian government, U.S. Army paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, will conduct a bilateral Serbian and U.S. airborne exercise. The exercise, Double Eagle, will occur November 14-17, at Batajnica Airfield,
Double Eagle is designed to enhance U.S. and Serbian relationships, foster areas of mutual interest, and contribute to regional security and peace.
Approximately 100 service members from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2 C-130J's and their aircrews from 86th Airlift Wing stationed in Ramstein,
Germany, will participate in the exercise. In addition to extensive joint military training, service members will exchange jump wings as a token of
the joint cooperation.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army's contingency response force in Europe and provides rapidly deployable forces to the U.S. Army Europe area
NATO and Serbia have steadily improved cooperation and dialogue, since the country joined the Partnership for Peace program and the Euro-Atlantic
Partnership Council in 2006. Serbia signed its Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO in 2015.
Photos and multimedia from Double Eagle are available here: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/DoubleEagle2017
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