Vigorous Warrior 2019: Strengthening readiness and building partnerships Published May 16, 2019 By Karina Luis Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- For the first time, U.S Air Force assets participated in Vigorous Warrior, NATO’s largest-ever medical exercise held in April. Vigorous Warrior is a biannual readiness event organized by the NATO Military Medicine Centre of Excellence, headquartered in Budapest, Romania. This year’s exercise involved more than 2,500 participants from 39 partner nations. The week-long exercise allowed Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to showcase their interoperability capabilities and test medical assets in a dynamic, joint environment. For the participating medical Airmen, the exercise also provided valuable experience operating an expeditionary medical support system, a modular field hospital designed to be deployed and fully operational within six hours of arrival in an area of responsibility. Beyond the professional knowledge gained by its participants, Vigorous Warrior 19 highlighted the value multinational military exercises contribute to strengthening the joint warrior medical team and advancing partnerships with our allied forces.