The first soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have arrived in Poland as part of military exercises that are meant to reassure NATO members that border Russia of the alliance’s commitment to defend them.
The soldiers arrived Wednesday at Swidwin Air Base to conduct exercises with the Polish troops that are in addition to regularly scheduled exercises in the region, such as Saber Strike, Rapid Trike and Combined Resolve II, according to a U.S. Army Europe News release.
Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will each receive a company-sized unit with the 173rd, a Defense Department spokesman said on Tuesday. The companies will spend a month conducting live-fire exercises and other training with local military forces, after which they will be replaced by new units. The exercises are expected to continue for the next several months.
For more, see our interactive special report on the U.S. military’s ramp up in Eastern Europe.