173rd deploys to expand land force training exercises in Baltic region
By U.S. Army Europe Public AffairsApril 22, 2014
WIESBADEN, Germany -- Today Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby and U.S. European Command announced plans to deploy U.S. Army Europe forces to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to conduct expanded land force training exercises; reinforcing our commitment to the security of our allies in the region.
This move is intended to demonstrate the United States' commitment to NATO and our collective defense responsibilities.
According to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from USAREUR's 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vicenza, Italy, will arrive in Poland April 23 to begin training exercises with the Polish Army. This is the first in a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in Poland and the Baltic region, scheduled to take place over the next several months.
EUCOM is increasing its land force activities in the region at the request of the host nations. Additional companies from the 173rd ABN will arrive in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for similar exercises in the coming days.
These events are in addition to previously scheduled multinational land force military exercises in the region such as Combined Resolve II, Saber Strike, Rapid Trident and Saber Guardian.
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