USAREUR to Expand Land Force Training Exercises in Baltic Region
April 22, 2014
U.S. European Command Media Operations
STUTTGART, Germany – As a continued demonstration of the United States’ commitment to NATO and our collective defense responsibilities, U.S. Army Europe will deploy forces to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to conduct expanded land force training exercises, reinforcing our commitment to the security of our allies in the region.
A company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from USAREUR’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 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. Additional companies from the 173rd IBCT will arrive in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for similar exercises in the coming days.
We are increasing our land force activities in the region at the request of the host nations. These events are in addition to previously scheduled multinational land force military exercises and are aimed at assuring our regional allies of the United States’ unwavering commitment to NATO.