By Tiffany Williams –
Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon announced that the United States will move approximately 3,000 service members to Romania, Poland and Germany.
The Pentagon says that the move comes in response to Russia’s continuing build-up of forces on its western border with Ukraine and in Belarus.
During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Press Secretary John F. Kirby said, “The move demonstrates America’s commitment to the defense of NATO allies.”
Secretary Kirby also as aid that “Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed a full range of military capabilities on its western border. While U.S. officials still believe Putin has not made up his mind to invade Ukraine again, he certainly has the capabilities needed to do so.”
Kirby noted that, “The current situation demands that we reinforce the deterrent and defensive posture on NATO’s eastern flank.”
Additionally, Kirby pointed out that “President Biden has been clear that the United States will respond to the growing threat to Europe’s security and stability. Our commitment to NATO Article Five and collective defense remains ironclad.”
What we know from this afternoons press conference is that a 1,000-member Army Stryker squadron will deploy to Romania from Germany and will join about 900 U.S. service members already in that country.
2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina will deploy to Europe in the next few days.
The 82nd Airborne Division will deploy components of an infantry brigade combat team and key enablers to Poland, and the 18th Airborne Corps is moving a joint-task-force-capable headquarters to Germany.
Kirby called the situation in the region fluid and said that the United States will continue to review force posture, as well as make adjustments as the situation warrants.