Airmen participate in Vigorous Warrior 19

Story and photos by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Romanian first responder vehicles participate along with Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, in a multinational medical exercise drill during Vigorous Warrior 19, Cincu Military Base, Romania, April 8.

CINCU, Romania — Approximately 45 Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and 12 participants from Naval Forces Europe Force Medical team participated April 8 to 11 in exercise Vigorous Warrior 19, a NATO-led multinational exercise at Cincu Military Base, Romania.

Exercise Vigorous Warrior is NATO’s largest medical readiness exercise. During the two-week event, U.S. service members joined approximately 2,500 participants from 38 countries, exercising experimental doctrinal concepts, training in a multi­national environment, and testing their medical assets, which include medical evacuations, preventative medicine, civilian/military cooperation and other niche capabilities.

Through strengthened relationships and engagements with our allies at events such as Vigorous Warrior 19, the United States and NATO demonstrate their shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe.


A Romanian IAR 330 “Puma” helicopter performs a practice landing at the Role 2 (field hospital) expeditionary medical support site operated by Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, during exercise Vigorous Warrior 19, Cincu Military Base, Romania, April 5.
Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, participate in a multinational medical exercise drill during Vigorous Warrior 19, Cincu Military Base, Romania, April 8. Vigorous Warrior 19 is NATO’s largest-ever military medical exercise, uniting more than 2,500 participants from 39 countries to exercise experimental doctrinal concepts and test their medical assets together in a dynamic, multinational environment.