The largest armed U.S. military brigade to be deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War arrived Saturday at a port in northern Germany, military officials said.
The U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division arrived in the port of Bremerhaven on Friday and began a days-long process of deploying heavy equipment including tanks and armored vehicles. The deployment is the culmination of a promised heavier armed troop presence in eastern Europe since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.
The move was meant to reassure nervous NATO allies the United States was prepared to respond in the event of further Russian aggression in the region.
The final few days of the Obama administration will be among the most dangerous in the country’s recent history. There’s simply no telling what this arrogant, ignorant amateur will do with his phone and his pen. Having suborned the nation’s intelligence community into producing a thoroughly worthless report on Russian “hacking” in the last fortnight of his presidency, Obama now seeks to ramp up the bellicosity with Putin’s Russia, just because it serves his purposes to hobble the new administration before it can get its feet on the ground.
The arrival of the 3,500-troop heavy brigade is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The Army has maintained troop deployments in the region for decades, but had allowed their numbers to lapse for months at a time as troops were rotated out of Europe without being replaced. Stars and Stripes reported the Pentagon plans to maintain the full deployment and immediately replace returning soldiers after their 9-month deployments are completed.
The troops will meet in Poland and eventually will be deployed there, as well as Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and across the Baltics. Once there, they will engage in training exercises with NATO host nations.
It’s always wise to wary of the former Soviets, especially under their revanchist leader, a former KGB agent. But Obama’s willingness to risk American national security this late in his occupation of the White House speaks volumes about the man’s character: what were we thinking?