• First Lt. Andrew Rodriguez, a platoon leader with Chosen Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, speaks to Estonian Soldiers after a ceremony commemorating new land forces exercises in Estonia, April 28, 2014. The paratroopers, who are part of a company-sized contingent, arrived here to begin exercises with Estonian troops in a series of expanded U.S. land forces training activities in Poland and the Baltic region scheduled to take place for the next few months and beyond. The multinational training fulfills the USAREUR strategic objective of preserving and enhancing NATO interoperability and demonstrates the United States' commitment to NATO Allies.

    173rd conducts unscheduled training with Estonia Army

    First Lt. Andrew Rodriguez, a platoon leader with Chosen Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, speaks to Estonian Soldiers after a ceremony commemorating new land forces exercises in Estonia, April 28, 2014. The...

  • Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, speaks to U.S. and Estonian Soldiers during a ceremony commemorating new land forces exercises in Estonia, April 28, 2014. The paratroopers, who are part of a company-sized contingent, arrived here to begin exercises in a series of expanded U.S. land forces training activities in Poland and the Baltic region scheduled to take place for the next few months and beyond. The multinational training fulfills the USAREUR strategic objective of preserving and enhancing NATO interoperability and demonstrates the United States' commitment to NATO Allies.

    173rd conducts unscheduled training with Estonia Army

    Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, speaks to U.S. and Estonian Soldiers during a ceremony commemorating new land forces exercises in Estonia, April 28, 2014. The paratroopers, who are part of a company-sized...

WIESBADEN, Germany (April 28, 2014) -- Approximately 150 Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in Vicenza, Italy, arrived in Estonia today, to conduct small unit and leader training with members of the Estonian Army.

This exercise is the fourth in a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in the region that are scheduled to take place for the next few months and beyond.

This action comes at the request of the host nations in the region and further demonstrates U.S. commitment to NATO.

The training, not previously scheduled, takes place as the United States continues to demonstrate solidarity with its NATO allies by increased land force presence in Poland and the Baltic States, an enhanced exercise schedule, and increased security cooperation measures with allies in the region.

Some of the other land forces exercises planned across Europe include:

• Exercise Rochambeau, scheduled to take place in France in May
• Exercise Combined Resolve II, scheduled to take place in Germany in May
• Exercise Saber Strike, scheduled to take place in Lithuania and Latvia in June
• Exercise Immediate Response, scheduled to take place in Slovenia in August
• Exercise Saber Junction 14, scheduled to take place in Germany in August
• Exercise Cooperative Resolve, scheduled to take place in Turkey in September

For more information, visit the U.S. Army Europe website www.eur.army.mil and navigate to the Exercises page www.eur.army.mil/exercises/.

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