From May 11-25, 200 troops from the United States will participate in the Georgian-led military exercise Noble Partner at Vaziani Training Area, located outside of Tbilisi. Noble Partner is designed to improve interoperability of Georgian and US troops in the framework of the NATO Response Force (NRF). Launched in 2002, the NRF provides a rapid multinational military force which can deploy quickly, wherever needed. Noble Partner has been under development since late 2013, when Georgia committed to contribute troops to the NRF and the United States agreed to sponsor Georgia’s NRF participation. This NRF exercise builds on the longstanding bilateral military relationship between our two countries.