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US to Deploy Six National Guard Companies to Ukraine This Week

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US to Deploy Six National Guard Companies to Ukraine This Week


The Agonist
By Raja
4 March 2015

US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC said the US would deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard.

Sputnik News
3 March 2015

Washington – The United States will deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard, US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday.

“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus… to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place,” Foster stated. “What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”

The training will take place at the level of US and Ukrainian national guard companies, Foster explained, adding that “we have nothing above battalion staff level” engaged in the military training.

The current plan is for US forces to stay six months, he said, and noted there have been discussions about how to increase the duration and the scope of the training mission.

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First Sgt. Troy Bradshaw, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, inspects Romanian army Sgt. Maj. Talmacel Bogdan during a US-Romanian exercise Nov. 17. US military's plans to send troops into Romania and Bulgaria as a deterrence to Russian aggression could expand to include Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia's southern neighbor, Georgia - Image: Sgt. A.M. LaVey / Army


US Army Official: Atlantic Resolve May Expand


Defense News
By Joe Gould
3 March 2015

Washington — The US military’s plans to send troops into Romania and Bulgaria as a deterrence to Russian aggression could expand to include Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia’s southern neighbor, Georgia, according to a US Army official spearheading the effort.

Exercises between US troops with Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which began last April, will expand through the summer, said Col. Michael Foster, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy. The exercises are part of the US Army Europe-led land force assurance training mission, known as Operation Atlantic Resolve — now expanded into “north” and “south” components.

“So by the end of the summer, you could very well see an operation that stretches from the Baltics all the way down to the Black Sea,” Foster said, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here on Monday. “As you connect countries, there is almost a line of US troops.”

The 173rd this week will also be sending nearly a battalion’s worth of soldiers to the Ukraine to train troops from its national guard, considered separate from Atlantic Resolve, Foster said, “but certainly tied into deterring Russian aggression.”

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