3,400 U.S. Troops Deployed to Europe

(TargetDailyNews.com) – The U.S. Army will be deploying another 3,400 troops to Eastern Europe in the upcoming months as the Pentagon remains committed to maintaining the larger force presence established after Russia invaded Ukraine, Stars and Stripes reported.

The Army announced last week that the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team stationed at For Campbell, Kentucky, will send 3,400 troops to replace the 101st Airborne’s 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Primarily based out of Romania, the units will carry out missions that will stretch up to the High North, according to U.S. Army Europe and Africa spokesman Col. Martin O’Donnell.

Another 200 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, will be sent to Romania to replace a 10th Mountain Division headquarters.

However, the deployments will not increase the overall force in the region as they are “one-for-one unit replacements,” the Army said.

In early September, NBC News reported on an ongoing debate within the Pentagon on whether the soldiers deployed to Europe should be replaced at all, with some Pentagon officials calling for the troops and funds to be used elsewhere.

However, last Wednesday, 101st Airborne Division commander Maj. Gen. Brett Sylvia said that reinforcing NATO’s eastern flank continues to be a vital mission for the security of the European continent.

The 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will carry out exercises with other U.S. and NATO units along the eastern flank. The soldiers and the division overseeing them will give U.S. Army Europe and Africa are greater presence in southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region, according to the Army.

Currently, the U.S. has about 100,000 troops in Europe, an increase of about 20,000 before the war in Ukraine. Most of the other rotational units are concentrated further north, with Poland serving as the main operation hub for various headquarters and an armored brigade.

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