Pentagon to rotate more than 10,000 troops to Europe amid Ukraine war
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered the deployment of more than 10,000 troops to Europe to replace those currently stationed overseas.
The deployment of roughly 10,500 troops “in the coming months” will “replace previously deployed U.S. Army units serving in the European theater operation,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday.
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“These deployments are one-for-one unit replacements,” Kirby explained, “which will leave our overall force posture in the region, approximately 100,000, unchanged.”
“These are not permanent moves,” he added. “These moves are designed to respond to the current security environment.”
The United States has deployed and moved thousands of troops into and around Europe as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has progressed.
The 101st Airborne Division headquarters from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy to replace the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters in the U.S. European Command area, which is roughly 500 soldiers. The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy roughly 4,200 soldiers to replace the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division in Poland.
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The 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, consisting of approximately 1,800 service members from Fort Bliss, Texas, will place the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade.