U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) successfully concluded Exercise Juniper Falcon 19 (JF19) today. JF19 is a ballistic missile defense (BMD) contingency response exercise that trained U.S. military abilities to rapidly deploy and integrate with the Israeli military to enhance interoperability. JF19 was designed to improve coordination between the U.S. and Israeli militaries, and was conducted as part of a long-standing strategic agreement between USEUCOM and the IDF to hold annual training exercises on a regular basis.
JF19 was cooperatively planned throughout the last year, and involved more than 300 personnel from the U.S. military and about 400 IDF personnel. The exercise achieved its goals by enabling participants to learn from each other's knowledge and experience.
"Exercise Juniper Falcon 2019 presented a tremendous opportunity for U.S. forces to once again work closely with our Israeli partners to improve combined missile defense capabilities and overall interoperability," said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa deputy commander and Joint Task Force-Israel commander.
"This year's exercise focused specifically on our ability to rapidly deploy and integrate forces with the Israeli Defense Force to provide and support ballistic missile defense, crisis resupply, disaster response and humanitarian assistance. As always, it was a challenging exercise, but the lessons learned will help our two militaries continue to strengthen our relationships and shared defensive capabilities against any ballistic missile threat."
Driven by Israel's long-standing security concerns, the exercise did not relate to any specific real world events.
Link to Exercise Juniper Falcon 2019 imagery here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5105109/juniper-falcon-2019
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 https://www.eucom.mil