WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has begun unit deployments in support of our European allies and partners. This follows a Jan. 21 Army announcement that elements from the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters and the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were preparing to replace units that are currently in Europe.
Approximately 500 Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters, Fort Drum, New York, will replace Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters.
“The 10th Mountain Division is proud to be called to go serve alongside our allies,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory K. Anderson, commander of the 10th Mountain Division. “The Mountain Division is no stranger to deployments across the globe. Our formations are trained, ready and prepared.”
In addition, approximately 3,800 Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will replace Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
“The Bastogne Brigade is ready to assume the critical mission of assuring our NATO allies and deterring Russian aggression on NATO’s eastern flank,” said Col. Kevin Sharp, commander of the 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Nearly 80 years ago, Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and our brigade now proudly claims the nickname of Bastogne. Today, we are ready to secure the peace in Europe that was built on the sacrifices of those first Soldiers of the 101st Airborne.”
These one-for-one unit replacements do not constitute a change to current force posture levels, and the redeploying units will return to their home stations.
The deployments will ensure that the United States continues to be well positioned to provide a robust deterrent and defensive posture alongside our allies across the European continent. The U.S. will continue to adjust its posture as needed in response to the dynamic security environment.
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