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Release No: 327-00
June 13, 2000

18,700 U.S., MULTINATIONAL FORCES SET TO BEGIN ROVING SANDS 00

More than 18,700 servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, and forces from Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada will participate in Exercise Roving Sands 00 (RS 00) from June 14-23, 2000.

RS 00 is the world's largest joint theater air and missile defense exercise. RS 00 combines the command, control, communications and computer elements and air defense artillery and aircraft of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and multinational forces into a joint integrated air defense system.

RS 00, one of a series of training opportunities that provides deployable forces with a better understanding of joint and combined operations, will be conducted at training ranges and sites throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada.

The training objectives for this exercise reflect a wide range of capabilities that may be needed in various geographic areas. This training will increase the ability of commanders and staffs to plan and conduct joint and combined tactical air operations, theater missile defense operations, and joint forcible entry operations under realistic conditions.

For more information about RS 00 and to arrange visits to participating units, please call the Joint Information Bureau at (757) 686-6860 or visit the Roving Sands home page at http://www.rovingsands.forscom.army.mil (no longer available).