U.S. Army to increase number of troops with Armourd Brigade Combat Teams in Eastern Europe 13103161

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U.S. Army to increase number of troops with Armourd Brigade Combat Teams in Eastern Europe.
The U.S. Army has confirmed that in February 2017, it will rotate its troops belonging to its Armoured Brigade Combat Teams in (ABCT) Eastern Europe. The U.S. Army’s website says that the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of the ABCT in February 2017.
     
The U.S. Army has confirmed that in February 2017, it will rotate its troops belonging to its Armoured Brigade Combat Teams in (ABCT) Eastern Europe. The U.S. Army’s website says that the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of the ABCT in February 2017. The US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives during the Dragoon Ride exercise in Liepupe, Latvia, on 22 March 2015
     
As part of the United States' commitment to increased assurance and deterrence, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) to the European theater in February 2017, bringing the total Army presence in Europe up to three fully-manned Army brigades.

The rotations will bring the US Army's presence in Europe to three fully manned combat brigades, the US European Command said. A brigade comprises about 4,200 troops.

General Phil Breedlove, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) commander said, "This is a big step in enhancing the Army's rotational presence and increasing their combat equipment in Europe. This Army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO Allies and Partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. This means our Allies and Partners will see more capability - they will see a more frequent presence of an armored brigade with more modernized equipment in their countries."

The ABCTs will be on nine-month rotations from the U.S. and will bring their own modern equipment to conduct exercises across Atlantic Resolve countries. These rotations will demonstrate our ability to rapidly deploy equipment and forces to Europe by sending U.S.-based rotational forces with their currently assigned equipment. This equipment will be the most modernized the Army has to offer and over the next year will replace the current training equipment in Europe.

"This Army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO allies and partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere," General Philip Breedlove said on Wednesday, March 30,2016.

The brigade combat teams from bases in the US will serve nine-month rotations and will bring their own equipment. The military did not specify where the troops would be stationed.

By the end of 2017, there will be a continuous presence of three fully equipped Army Brigade Combat Teams (one Armored, one Airborne, one Stryker); one prepositioned set of combat-ready equipment sufficient to support another Armored Brigade Combat Team; as well as division-level enablers in Europe.
 

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