GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (Feb. 22, 2017) -- Approximately 2,770 participants from 12 nations will participate in Exercise Allied Spirit VI at the 7th Army Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, March 8-31, 2017.

There will be about 1,250 participants from the NATO and Partnership for Peace countries of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Latvia, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

About 1,520 participants will come from the United States' 173rd Airborne Brigade, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Oklahoma National Guard, Michigan National Guard and an Army Reserve unit from Minnesota.

Allied Spirit VI is unique in its ability to provide a hands-on laboratory to prepare forces in Europe to operate together by exercising tactical interoperability and testing secure communications within NATO Allies and partners.

In this exercise, Latvia will command the brigade headquarters.