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News | Aug. 21, 2023

V Corps announces exercise Agile Spirit 23

By V Corps Public Affairs V Corps

FORT KNOX, Ky. – U.S. Army V Corps, Georgia Defense Forces, Türkiye and Multinational Division Southeast, along with Allies and partners, began exercise Agile Spirit 23 today in the countries of Georgia and Türkiye. It will run through September 1.

Exercise Agile Spirit 23 is designed to support theater security cooperation and interoperability among NATO Allies and partners to improve joint and multinational readiness capabilities by exercising rapid mobility, and posture combat credible forces across the European theater to the country of Georgia to bolster their defense efforts and deter aggression in the Black Sea region while exercising the enduring U.S. State Partnership Program with the Georgia Army National Guard.

“Agile Spirit 23 provides realistic combined training and increases interoperability with our NATO Allies and partner nation forces,” said Lt. Gen. John S. Kolasheski, commanding general of U.S. Army V Corps. “We are ready and well-prepared to integrate with our host nations.”

Critical training includes a Brigade-level Command Post Exercise with NATO Multinational Division Southeast, a Brigade-level field training exercise, a Combined Battalion-level Joint Forcible Entry into Türkiye, Combined Battalion Live Fire and Field Training Exercises, combined special forces operations, combined medical and protection training, and other live fire exercises executed in multiple locations within the country of Georgia.

Agile Spirit 23 enhances U.S., Georgian, NATO Allied and regional partner forces’ readiness and interoperability in a realistic training environment. The exercise improves interoperability at the tactical level between joint U.S. Forces and Allies and partner forces, planning for GDF special operation forces and conventional forces integration, and execution of exercises with combined multinational units, improving command and control capabilities. The training ensures that U.S., Allied and partnered nations maintain our deterrence capability with a combination of combat-ready multinational forces.

Approximately 3,600 military personnel from 22 Allied and partner forces include participants from: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom, and United States. Of the military personnel, approximately 1,200 are U.S. service members, an estimated 1,900 are Georgian personnel, and about 500 are from the other participating nations.

The exercise will take place in multiple training locations within the country of Georgia to include Vaziani Training Area, Krtsanisi Training Area, Norio Training Area and Senaki Training Area. Türkiye also will host training at the Kayseri Airbase Martyr Hasan BAK Drop zone.

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Military exercises like Agile Spirit 23 are planned months in advance, and participating nations may change for any number of reasons with little to short notice. For the most up to date information on this exercise, please contact V Corps Public Affairs at