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Pentagon deploying troops to thwart Russia

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The Pentagon is sending about 600 troops to Eastern Europe in response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Tuesday.

 

A company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will arrive in Latvia on Thursday, the U.S. embassy there announced Wednesday. A similar number of soldiers, about 150, are scheduled to land in Poland on Wednesday. Estonia and Latvia will also host American soldiers for joint training missions in the coming days.

 

U.S. troops will continue to rotate into the region "at least through the end of this year," according to the embassy.

 

"Russia's aggression in Ukraine has renewed our resolve to strengthening NATO's defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe," Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

 

The move drew measured praise from Rep. Buck McKeon, a California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

 

"This as a small step in the right direction," McKeon said. "By rearranging U.S. forces already deployed in Europe, the president is doing something, however incremental, to reassure our allies. It might have more deterrent value if he included the Ukrainian military in the exercises. It remains to be seen if this move of 600 troops comes in time to make an impression on the tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine's borders."

 

Russia annexed Crimea, taking control of key port facilities on the Black Sea, and has been accused by U.S. officials of sending forces elsewhere into eastern Ukraine to destabilize the country.

 

The token presence of U.S. troops in Poland, a NATO ally bordering Ukraine, and the Baltic nations, also NATO allies, could not repel a Russian invasion or eject them from Ukraine. Russia has massed about 40,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.

 

"What would be very helpful is if they removed their forces off that border and took concrete actions to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine," said Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary.

 

The presence of U.S. soldiers raises the stakes for Russia in Poland and the other countries if it moves against them militarily. Wounding or killing an American soldier there could risk a major war.

 

There are about 67,000 U.S. troops in Europe and 12,000 civilians, according to U.S. European Command. The Cold War peak was 400,000 troops, in 1955 and it dropped to about 100,000 several years ago.

 

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Cold war? WW3? Lol. It's all just show. At the most I see a proxy war. Everyone pays attention to Russia vs World, but no one puts the pieces together on the rapid loss of rights going on in many fucking countries from the US/Mexico/Canada to Japan/Australia. That's the real war. [pun]Invisible War[/pun].

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Cold war? WW3? Lol. It's all just show. At the most I see a proxy war. Everyone pays attention to Russia vs World, but no one puts the pieces together on the rapid loss of rights going on in many fucking countries from the US/Mexico/Canada to Japan/Australia. That's the real war. [pun]Invisible War[/pun].

WAKE UP SHEEPLE

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The 173rd AB Brigade has extensive combat lineage dating as far back as the First World War, with it's most notable combat operations being during teh Vietnam War, especailly during the "68' Tet Offensive" and the Battle of Dak To, they also have been actively deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, participating in the initial thrust into Iraq and preforming one of the first airborne assults of the war.

 

Under it's current structure the 173rd is a "Brigade Combat Team" and "Unit of Action", that serve as EUROCOM's Strategic Response Force (Airborne). "Unit of Action" (UA) is similar to the US Army's Cold War-era unit structure, the unit has elements that provide fires support (Arty), Combined-Arms-Battalions (Infantry, Armor, Mechinized, ect... mixed into a single battalion, rather than as seperate supporting units), Reconnaissance Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron, Intelligence and Communications Company, ect...


The personnel that will be deployed are "instructors". They'll be training Lativan and Polish troops on unit tactics, operational readiness, force multiplication, logistical support, communications and intelligence operation, ect... this enables those personnel to bring what they've learned back to their home units, then share and train their fellow soldiers in what they've learned. This provides a more cohesive fighting forces as a whole in NATO and ensures interoperability among allied national militaries.
 

Paratroopers on their own are considered a more "elite" force than standard infantry. Having airborne training and a mulititude of their NCO's and Officers having attended Ranger School, advanced leadership schools, and all being combat veterans provides these host nations with some very good training and orientation.

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This is Weps, I'm not on my home system and don't have access to my email to reset my password...so I made a new account.

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Weps you were always right

 

I'm sorry for doubting you on these possibilities like a few years earlier.

 

 

 

Cold war? WW3? Lol. It's all just show. At the most I see a proxy war. Everyone pays attention to Russia vs World, but no one puts the pieces together on the rapid loss of rights going on in many fucking countries from the US/Mexico/Canada to Japan/Australia. That's the real war. [pun]Invisible War[/pun].

 

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