SIBIU, Romania (May 22, 2021) Exercise Steadfast Defender 2021 is the first in a new series of long-planned NATO exercises to ensure that our forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. This exercise will demonstrate the value of North America and Europe working together to keep our nations safe in a more challenging security environment. With participation from 20 Allies from North America and Europe, Steadfast Defender 2021 will help improve the interoperability of Allied forces and practice military mobility throughout Europe. The exercise will be the first large test of NATO’s adapted Command Structure. It will involve the two new commands, one focused on logistics, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC), based in Ulm, Germany, and the other focused on the Atlantic, Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF), based in Norfolk, Virginia, in the U.S.