United States strengthens its military presence in Western Pacific and Europe 10601174

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United States strengthens its military presence in Western Pacific and Europe.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced January 5, 2017, operational deployments that will boost U.S. presence in the western Pacific and in Europe.Poland and the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have requested United States to increase presence of NATO troops following the increase of Russian military operations in the region.
     
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced January 5, 2017, operational deployments that will boost U.S. presence in the western Pacific and in Europe.Poland and the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have requested United States to increase presence of NATO troops following the increase of Russian military operations in the region. A M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from 5th Squadron, 7th Calvary Regiment conducts maneuvers as part of a section gunnery qualification at Camp Ujmajor, Hungary July 21. (Source image EUCOM By SPC. RYAN TATUM,)
     
“Ships and units from the Carl Vinson strike group will depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific,” Cook told Pentagon reporters today.
 

Approximately 7,500 sailors will deploy and focus on maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and bilateral exercises, he said.

Separately, Cook said, the United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

“Tanks, trucks and other equipment are scheduled to arrive in Europe this weekend, beginning a nine-month rotation of U.S. Army forces supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve,” the press secretary said.

The arrival of troops and equipment from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado, marks the beginning of the presence of an ABCT and back-to-back rotations of U.S. troops and equipment in Europe, he added.

After the equipment arrives at Bremerhaven, Germany, it will move by rail, commercial line haul and military convoy to Poland, Cook said. Troops and equipment will later be relocated throughout the region for training and exercises with European allies.

“This effort is part of our European Reassurance Initiative to maintain persistent, rotational presence of air, land, and sea forces in Central and Eastern Europe,” he said.
 

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