1,000 U.S. Soldiers on Ground Ops in Eastern Europe

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This story originally appeared at Military Times:

More than 1,000 U.S. troops were moving across Eastern Europe on Tuesday on several training exercises, the latest effort to reassure allied nations anxious about recent Russian military aggression, a Pentagon official said.

About 200 paratroopers with the Army’s Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade jumped into the Smarden training area in Romania along with heavy artillery equipment including howitzers. Simultaneously, up to 600 soldiers from the Army’s Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, launched a simulated ground assault from Romania’s Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near the Black Sea.

The two Army units will link up at Smarden and train alongside Romanian forces to conduct a live-fire combined-arms exercise to “seize an objective,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

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