Long-term military commitments in Europe will soon increase, President Joe Biden and defense officials announced Wednesday as part of the current NATO summit in Madrid, Spain.
According an information sheet Accompanying the announcement, the service will establish a permanent garrison in Poland, add more troops permanently stationed in Germany and Italy, commit a sustainable Rotating Brigade Combat Team to Romania, and aim to increase levels of rotating troops in countries. Baltics and Poland.
The move, part of a wider NATO troop increase in Eastern Europe, means the army will have at least four brigade combat teams in Europe at all times. – two rotating brigades, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Officials distinguished between Wednesday’s announcement, which established a new grassroots European presence, and ‘crisis’ troops currently in theater directly in response to Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine in February. .
“These posture decisions now make those crisis decisions and moves more enduring and more credible in combat,” Deputy Defense Secretary Celeste Wallander told a news conference.
Which army units will be in Europe now?
More than 1,000 soldiers and army civilians will now be permanently stationed in Europe as a result of the change, according to defense officials.
- The V Corps Forward Command Post in Poznan, Poland, will move from a rotating staffing to a permanent assignment of 235 troops.
- A new Polish garrison command with 35 soldiers and 100 civilians will join V Corps, as will a field support battalion totaling 41 soldiers and civilians.
- Two brigade headquarters – for an air defense and an engineer brigade – will arise in Germany, with 116 and 126 soldiers respectively.
- Two battalions will also be stationed in Germany – a combat support battalion headquarters with 66 soldiers and a short-range air defense battalion with 315 soldiers.
- Italy will also get a short-range air defense battery with 63 soldiers who will report to the new SHORAD battalion in Germany.
In addition to permanent units, the service will fulfill additional rotational commitments totaling thousands of additional soldiers:
- A brigade combat team of unknown type will rotate into Romania.
- The service will “strengthen” the rotational forces in the Baltic countries.
- The army will “seek to strengthen” rotational forces in Poland, which already has an Atlantic Resolve rotational division headquarters, an armored brigade, a combat aviation brigade and a group logistics work. Units report to V Corps.
The army is also replacing “crisis” units throughout the region.
- XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters will remain in theatre.
- The 101st Airborne Division replaces the headquarters of the 82nd Airborne Division.
- The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st replaces the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd.
- The 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team relieves the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, which quickly deployed without notice this spring.
- And the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division, whose Atlantic Resolve rotation was extended indefinitely when war broke out in Ukraine, is returning home. Army officials were unable to immediately answer whether they would be replaced by another armored brigade.
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