US Troops Reach Poland to Participate in NATO Exercises
The US troops have arrived in the small town of Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, as part of the largest armed military brigade deployed in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
The US troops, along with 53 track vehicles, including the M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, reached Poland after a three-day journey through Germany.
The show of force falls under NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, designed to show the United States’ commitment to its European allies in the face of what NATO sees as “Russian aggression”, UPI reported.
The US soldiers also arrived in Wroclaw, a city in southwest Poland in which a key NATO and Polish airbase is located.
On Friday, nearly 2,800 pieces of military equipment arrived in Germany when the US Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, reached the port at Bremerhaven before setting off for Poland.
The US troops will spend about a month training in Poland before moving to Germany and Romania for additional training exercises.
“Let me be very clear, this is one part of our efforts to deter Russian aggression, ensure territorial integrity of our allies and maintain a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous and at peace,” US Air Force Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, deputy commander of US European Command, said.
The troops will rotate training in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia for the next nine months.
The regional training exercises are also designed to test how the US forces respond on short notice to a possible conflict with Russia.
“This is a tangible sign of the United States’ commitment to maintaining peace on this continent,” Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire, deputy commanding general of the US Army Europe, said in a statement.
“It is a sign of the US commitment to this alliance and to peace and prosperity in Europe.”