Georgia is serving as a host nation participant for US Special Operations Command Europe’s (SOCEUR) premier SOF exercise, Trojan Footprint 21. US Army Green Berets assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) will train and continue to build interoperability with Georgian Special Operations Forces (GSOF) in tactical training events throughout the region.
“While the exercise is focused on improving the ability of SOF to counter a myriad of threats, it also increases integration with conventional forces and enhances interoperability with our NATO allies and European partners,” said Col. Marc V. LaRoche, Deputy Commander, US Special Operations Command Europe. “Most importantly, Trojan Footprint fortifies military readiness, cultivates trust, and develops lasting relationships which promote peace and stability throughout Europe.”
“Trojan Footprint 21 will commence in training locations across Bulgaria, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Georgia, and Romania. Other participating units include special operations forces from Germany, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. The SOCEUR-led exercise will provide an opportunity to test and improve upon multi-domain tactics, techniques and procedures. These operations will leverage the professional skillsets of air, land and sea forces to execute a complex mission, and increase the readiness of Special Operations Forces in the Black Sea region,” the US Embassy to Georgia reported.
Trojan Footprint 21 also helps to strengthen NATO military relationships in Europe and establish a common sight-picture for combat and peacekeeping missions abroad.