The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Romania: U.S. Marines conducted a two-part multilateral exercise with their counterparts from Romania, Bulgaria, Armenia, and Macedonia to build partner nation capacity, reinforce relationships in a joint training environment and increase interoperability of allied/partner forces.
Germany: U.S. Army Europe-led multinational exercise at Joint Multinational Training Command's Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: Long-standing, multilateral, multifaceted U.S. Army Europe-led security cooperation exercise primarily focused on improving the cooperation and capabilities of participating nations for future contingency operations.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: Long-standing, multilateral, multifaceted, U.S Army Europe-led security cooperation exercise primarily focused on the three Baltic States.
Latvia: U.S. Marines trained as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Exercise Summer Shield 14 was a combined staff planning exercise and combined arms live-fire maneuver event.
Conducted operations in the Black Sea from April 10-24, 2014, to reassure our allies of the U.S. commitment to the region. This included conducting a port visit in Constanta, Romania, and exercises at sea with the Romanian navy and the USS Taylor, to improve interoperability, increase readiness and enhance relationships in the region.
Ukraine: Senior DoD leaders regularly meet with their Ukrainian counterparts for substantive discussions on regional security, defense cooperation, and areas for growth in the U.S.-Ukraine defense relationship.
Poland: Three C-130s and 100 airmen trained with Polish airmen at Lask Air Base, Poland for the regularly scheduled aviation detachment rotation.
Ukraine: The United States has obligated or notified $52 million in security assistance for Ukraine. In addition to 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat delivered in March, the United States is providing foreign military financing to support Ukraine's armed forces with medical supplies, service member equipment, explosive ordinance disposal equipment and handheld radios. The United States has also allocated cooperative threat reduction funding to support Ukraine's state border guard service with supplies for use in monitoring and securing its borders.
The United States has also allocated cooperative threat reduction funding to support Ukraine's state border guard service with supplies for use in monitoring and securing its borders.
Ukraine: Defense Department strategy and policy experts continue to meet with Ukrainian defense officials in Kyiv to assess specific defense institution building activities and programs. The objective is to shape and establish an enduring program for future U.S. efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisors.
Ukraine: The Defense and State departments notified the U.S. Congress of the intent to use $19 million in Global Security Contingency Fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard as part of efforts to build Ukranian capacity for internal defense. Ukraine's national guard continues to play a direct role in responding to the current crisis, as well as in ensuring Ukraine's internal security. Pending congressional approval, training is anticipated to begin in this year and would take place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine.
Poland: The United States deployed F-16s and personnel to Lask Air Base, Poland, to augment the U.S. Air Force aviation detachment training rotation. The deployment is focused on training and interoperability with the Polish air force.
United Kingdom: The United States agreed to fly refueling missions to support NATO airborne early warning aircraft flights over Eastern Europe. The mission began March 16, 2014, and 66 sorties were conducted as of May 30.
Lithuania, Poland, Estonia: The United States deployed an additional six F-15C Eagles on March 6, 2014, to augment the four F-15Cs already in Lithuania filling a NATO peacetime requirement to have quick-reaction interceptor aircraft ramp-ready for a four-month period. The U.S. rotation began in January. Poland took over the Baltic Air Policing task May 1 with augmentation from the United Kingdom, Denmark and France. Polish and British aircraft will operate from Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, Danish aircraft from Amari Air Base in Estonia, and French aircraft from Malbork Air Base in Poland.
Lithuania, Poland, Estonia: The United States deployed an additional six F-15Cs to augment the four F-15Cs already in Lithuania filling a NATO peacetime requirement to have quick-reaction interceptor aircraft ramp-ready for a four-month period, March 6, 2014. The U.S. rotation began in January. Poland took over the Baltic Air Policing task, May 1, with augmentation from the United Kingdom, Denmark and France. Polish and British aircraft will operate from Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, Danish aircraft from Amari Air Base in Estonia, and French aircraft from Malbork Air Base in Poland.
Approximately 150 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment landed in Estonia April 28, 2014, to conduct an unscheduled bilateral exercise with Estonian troops. U.S. troops are expected to remain on a rotational basis at Paldiski Barracks outside Tallinn through the end of the year.
Poland: About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team landed in Swidwin, Poland, April 23, 2014, to conduct an unscheduled training exercise at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area alongside the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade. The training was focused on airborne operations and infantry tactics and techniques.
U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment jumped alongside Canadian paratroopers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battalion, May 5, 2014, in Bledowska, Poland. They were joined on the ground by Polish paratroopers for training May 6-9 at the Zagan Training Area in Poland.
Lithuania: Approximately 150 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment landed in Lithuania, April 26, 2014, to conduct an unscheduled bilateral exercise with Lithuanian troops. U.S. troops remained on a rotational basis at Rukla Training Area through the end of the year.
Paratroopers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment are participating with Lithuania's Iron Wolf mechanized brigade in Exercise Black Arrow, May 12-25, 2014. The exercise will include multiple airborne operations.
Latvia: About 150 U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment landed in Latvia, April 24, 2014, to conduct an unscheduled bilateral exercise with Latvian troops. U.S. troops remained on a rotational basis at Adazi Training Area through the end of the year.
Estonia: Exercise Spring Storm is an annual training event that has evolved into the largest field training exercise in the Baltic states. In May 2014, about 6,000 troops participated in the exercise, which involved service members from Estonia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Lithuania, Poland, the United States, and Latvia.
Bilateral exercise focused on a variety of military-to-military training that included special operations elements.
Lithuania: About 140 U.S. Special Operations Command Europe personnel and seven European partners (Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden) participated in a multinational exercise in May 2014 to enhance interoperability in the Baltic region and amongst allied special operations forces.
Approximately 140 U.S. Special Operations Command Europe units and seven European partners (Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden) will participate in a multinational exercise to enhance Baltic region and allied special operations forces interoperability from May 18-30, 2014.
Europe: The U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment Operation Atlantic Resolve training rotation concluded with a capstone event named Operation Dragoon Ride -- an 1,800-kilometer road march that crossed five allied borders between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany and tested the regiment’s leadership and sustainment capabilities. The exercise demonstrated the freedom of movement that exists within NATO, afforded U.S. soldiers an opportunity to engage with community members along the route, and reinforced U.S. commitment to its NATO partners.
Eastern Europe: Approximately 550 U.S. soldiers and 75 Stryker vehicles from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment trained with allies in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Training events focused on individual and team tasks that culminated in joint platoon level-events, such as live fires. This was the first Stryker unit and the second brigade-sized element from U.S. Army Europe to deploy to the Baltic nations and Poland in support of the operation.
Approximately 66 Airmen and 4 A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Amari Air Base, Estonia, at the invitation of the Estonian Defense Forces. The 354th FS trained with the Estonian air forces to improve interoperability in allied air operations and train multi-national Close Air Support operations in support of ground combat forces. Also, 150 Army Soldiers from the 173rd IBCT and one tank platoon from the 2nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division participated in the exercise.
Baltics: Seventeen NATO and partner nations are participating in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland, Sweden, Germany and the Baltic Sea, June 5-20, 2015. About 5,600 ground, maritime, and air forces from participating nations are demonstrating air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, and amphibious operations in a joint environment to ensure regional security. BALTOPS is an annual exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. Participating nations include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, United Sates, and the United Kingdom.
Netherlands and Bulgaria: Twelve F-15C Eagles from the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, Jacksonville, Fla., deployed to Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, to conduct training alongside NATO allies.
Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 200 airmen from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron forward deployed as part of the first-ever theater security package to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria. The unit conducted training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability.
Exercise Swift Response 15 will be held 18 August - 12 September 2015 in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Italy. This is the first iteration of a multinational training event designed around a U.S. Army Brigade-level multinational joint forcible entry or JFE operation involving approximately 3,000 U.S. personnel. The exercise is part of U.S. European Command's Joint Exercise Program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied nations.
Maritime forces from 11 nations will begin the U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze 2015 in Odessa, Ukraine, and the Black Sea, Aug. 31. Sea Breeze, now in its 14th iteration, is an annual exercise held in the Black Sea which seeks to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional security. Participating nations include Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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