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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 266-01
June 14, 2001

EXERCISE ROVING SANDS BEGINS JUNE 15

More than 15,000 servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as forces from Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada will participate in Roving Sands, the world's largest joint theater air and missile defense exercise. The exercise will take place in and around Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., June 15-24, 2001.

Roving Sands is a joint service theater air and missile defense field training exercise. It is approved by the JCS and scheduled by U.S. Joint Forces Command and sponsored by U.S. Army Forces Command. It is designed to train forces from all four services and multinational air defense and aircraft. A common computer-driven scenario helps to hone in skills on joint theater air and missile defense and joint tactical air operations.

Roving Sands is a one-of-a-kind event that is the world's largest joint theater air and missile defense exercise. It melds command, control, communications and computer elements, air defense artillery, and the aircraft of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and multinational forces into a joint integrated air defense system.

More information is available at; http://www.forscom.army.mil/rsands/