BERLIN (Reuters) – The first U.S. troops reinforcing NATO allies in Eastern Europe and Germany amid a Russian navy build-up on Ukraine’s border have arrived in Germany, the U.S. navy’s European Command stated on Friday.
“Soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps arrived in Wiesbaden as we speak,” a spokesperson for the command stated in an announcement, including that they’d set up a headquarters in Germany to assist 1,700 paratroopers meant to deploy to Poland.
“These are the primary of two,000 troopers to arrive in Europe following the Pentagon’s announcement of further forces shifting from the United States to Europe in assist of our NATO allies,” the assertion stated.
On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered almost 3,000 further troops to Poland and Romania to defend Eastern Europe from a possible spillover from the Ukraine disaster.
According to the Pentagon, a Stryker squadron of round 1,000 U.S. service members primarily based in the German city of Vilseck might be despatched to Romania, whereas round 1,700 servicemembers, primarily from the 82nd Airborne Division, will deploy from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Poland.
On prime of that, 300 different service members have been supposed to maneuver from Fort Bragg to Germany.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Editing by Miranda Murray and Angus MacSwan)