GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (Jan. 7, 2016) -- More than 2,200 participants from Canada, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, and the United States are participating in exercise Allied Spirit IV at the Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, Jan. 10-Feb. 5, 2016.

The goal of the exercise is to prepare forces in Europe to operate together by exercising tactical interoperability at the brigade and battalion levels, and testing secure communications within NATO Alliance members.

In this exercise, Italy's Garibaldi Brigade will command a multinational force of seven different battalions from ten countries.

"With the Garibaldi Brigade serving as the headquarters element, Allied Spirit provides a unique opportunity for us as NATO Allies to become stronger and more agile," said Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander, 7th Army JMTC. "When Allies train together in realistic, challenging tactical conditions, we are able to develop levels of interoperability that provide our leaders with options during times of crisis."

Allied Spirit challenges NATO Allies to connect and find solutions together to confront today's challenges.