US to Demonstrate Show-of-Force Exercise in Eastern Europe

Posted March 19, 2015 at 5:10am

Defense News reports that “with an eye toward Russia’s ability to mass troops quickly, the US plans to demonstrate its own ability to move manpower and heavy vehicles as soldiers begin a 1,100-mile convoy through six countries en route to their home station in Vilseck, Germany.”  

“The US Army squadron wrapping several months of training with allies in Poland will take its Strykers through the Baltics March 21 through April 1, stopping in a new community each night. The vehicles are part of an armored brigade’s worth of equipment the Army plans to station in Europe.”  

“‘It’s helped us further develop our understanding of freedom of movement in Eastern Europe,’ said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the Army’s most senior commander in Europe, in an interview with Defense News and Army Times reporters and editors.”