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    Post  Airbornewolf on Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:50 pm

    like myself, more and more people people that where either active or former NATO soldiers are getting fed up with what the NATO organisation stands for and does. that is only serving the U.S foreign policy of waging war with anyone opposing U.S interests.

    most recent an high-level soldier being an Czech Luitenant-Colonel that wrote in an open letter his reasons and handing in his NATO medals. as he said: “anyone who opposes any power interests of the US, even if defending identity, economy and sovereignty of their nation, must be ‘wiped off the map.’”


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    in my recent activities i visited Germany and France for events and caught up with active troops as well i knew from my service. and usually we talk about a lot of things afterwards with an few drinks concerning our military's.  considering the U.S foreign policy in Ukraine and supporting and illegal coup there that used guys wearing Swastika's did not sat well with a lot of them. most felth their politicians did not represent their country's interrest and where "whores" to the U.S government. some viewed the U.S bases and troops in Europe as "occupiers since ww2" and others kept it more like: "we will not play any part in razing europe to the ground an third time in history, and certainly not because of the fucking yankee's".

    and what did pleasantly surprised me as well is most look trough all the media bullshit because of their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and how the U.S and NATO twisted facts on the ground to suit their dirty political goals. and openly bring up the question if the U.S is the actual enemy to Europe, and in extension to the rest of the world's stability.

    for all the political tough-talk coming from E.U leaders and the U.S, the loyalty of the majority of E.U troops towards NATO and in extension U.S is very low. it was not always this low, but the last 15 years it really took an nose-dive.  only the old dinosaurs in the top or brainwashed little kids without experience believe the propaganda bullshit that the leadership spouts. and there are a lot of open spots in the E.U military's because a lot of guys decide to quit their careers for the reasons as described by the czech luitenant-colonel and others like me that share his opinion.

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    Post  Werewolf on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:00 pm

    I am former Bundeswehr soldier and now in a reservists and there were already a few "journalists" who asked if our reservists federation administrative head could give an interview to Russia and Putin, which they layed down a script of the interview to demonize russia and putin. This is full war propaganda that is currently spreaded in germany and entire EU and even in former warsaw bloc countries. They want a war with EU's idiots lifes, because if US stays in the background and lets keep a slow war between non nuclear countries against russia it is safe for them to asume it stays conventional untill they operate 5th columnists within to overtake the government and sell out the country once more.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:08 pm

    The craziest thing about NATO is the ridiculous lunacy of the Euro ABM, or what I like to call the Euro Meatshield. The likes of Radoslaw Sikorsky (Poland's foreign minister) admitted in private conversation that his colleagues and himself 'prostitutes' themselves politically for the interests of America. They're such 'Prima Faci' cases of sychophants, their willing to sacrifice their country and citizens for a Euro Meatshield, that won't protect them but destroy them, all so the Pentagon could have 'pseudo-first strike potential'...that's what they're willing to do to advance their own careers!!!

    Leaked tape has Polish FM comparing ties with US to giving oral sex

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    Post  Airbornewolf on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:32 pm

    im aware of those practices, they did the same with us when deployed to Afghanistan and we had journalists asking for interviews. we also got this lists of "opinions" we should had. some that did those interviews actually tried to bring up the real things going on. but the millitary leadership had the final say of what the media would air on TV because of "the sensitivity of millitary operations" and would just edit out the parts that did not agree with their bullshit puppet show.

    even worse, some guys lost their jobs in the army because they tried to be truthful. but this practice of trying to tell soldiers to say things they do not believe in works against them in the long run. it works as an knife in the back in soldiers that trust the organisation they fight for.

    truthfully tough, im confident the U.S pursue's an "all or nothing" strategy to pit europe and its military's against Russia or the others not suiting the U.S foreign policy. but like the situation in Ukraine that strategy is falling apart. if it was up to the U.S "we" European troops would be foaming at the mouth about now ready to go to Russia's throats. but exactly the opposite is happening.

    @ magnumcromagnon

    im aware of that remarks of the Polish FM, but the truth is that NATO's strategy concerning the Euro meatshield is nothing new in the general strategy of the cold war. where it was already established that the Soviets would be able to take europe in conventional war. Europe just had to delay the soviets long enough so the Americans could arrive in full force to Europe. its genius for the U.S, E.U and Soviets grind eachother down and they march in and "safe" europe from the soviets. and propably would have irridiated half of europe with tactical nukes they had lying all over European NATO airfields to use against the soviets.

    the U.S are not allies, its like an neighbour pretending to be your friend asking you to go smash up some dude's car he had an arguement with. and when that dude comes with an knife that neighbour pushes you into that knife so he can run away to get his gun. the U.S government in an nutshell Wink.

    same for the missile shield, it does nothing but to draw fire away from the U.S. itself. people mistake it as protection but in reality its the U.S and E.U politicians sacrificing the E.U entirely. but,... i think most of us agree E.U politicians serve the U.S without question. it must be a lot of money they get for committing high-treason to their own country's. but hey, even if it fails im sure they get safety in the U.S either way just like Shaakashvili after he declared war on Russia and ....NATO didn't safe his ass.


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    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:04 pm

    US Defense Department to Abandon Using 15 Military Bases in Europe

    The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.

    MOSCOW, January 8 (Sputnik) — Fifteen military bases across Europe will no longer be used by US armed forces, saving Washington $500 million every year, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday.

    "The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some US infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions… will save the U.S. government approximately $500 annually," the statement said.

    The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, consolidation and closures of US facilities, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.

    "I know that this will result in a reduction in size of our local host nation workforces at some nations… In the end, this transformation of our infrastructure will help maximize our military capabilities in Europe and help strengthen our important European partnerships, so that we can best support our NATO allies and partners in the region," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, as quoted in the press release.

    The United States has a large number of military installations across Europe. Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, and the United Kingdom are among the nations that host various US Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Marine Corps forces.

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:05 pm

    US to Permanently Base F-35 Fighters in Europe: Pentagon

    The F-35s and about 1,200 personnel are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath in 2020.

    WASHINGTON, January 8 (Sputnik) — The US Air Force will base the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter group in Europe at Royal Air Force station (RAF) Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

    “The US Air Force will permanently base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Europe and the secretary of defense has selected RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom as the first location to host two squadrons of F-35s,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet said at a press conference.

    The F-35s placement will lead to more collaboration, training and support opportunities between the US and the United Kingdom, the Defense Department said.

    The F-35s and about 1,200 personnel are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath in 2020 as part of a consolidation and restructuring of US forces across Europe. RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom will be closed down and 3,200 US military personnel will be removed, according to the Department of Defense.

    The F-35 is a single engine advanced fighter plane combining air-to-ground and air-to-air operational capability with stealth technology. The nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is largely funded by the United States.

    The United States plans to buy 2,443 F-35s while the 10 allied countries will purchase 721 fighters, according to the plane’s producer Lockheed Martin.

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:25 pm

    USA will protection Europe from IS/ISIS they will mouslim in Europe to taken suisice in european citizen.

    No good USA parlament thinking if I writen right now.

    Terrorist is like murders A small group.

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:36 pm

    Small groups never win.

    Talibans won because they haves 60000 soldiers begins and USA 100,000 soldiers down to 64000 and now 10000.

    35000+ talibans have been killed and only 2300 american's killed in Afghanistan.

    USA have only offerted down their size.

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    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:10 pm

    Between 2300-2600 american soldiers has been killed since beginning 2002.

    Good lucky United States of America.

    13 year in war against talibans.


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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:11 pm

    USA will protection Europe from IS/ISIS they will mouslim in Europe to taken suisice in european citizen.

    F-35s in Europe will not stop terrorism... which is a much more realistic threat to the US and west than Russia.


    35000+ talibans have been killed and only 2300 american's killed in Afghanistan.

    Body count is a useless measure of who is winning. The Taleban are still in Afghanistan and the Americans are leaving.

    Good lucky United States of America.

    13 year in war against talibans.

    Yes, the Americans killed a lot of poor people and didn't lose too many soldiers in the process.

    Still it was a total waste of time and money.



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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:27 pm

    I believing all time american troops to Europe to fight against terrorist's if they do suisice bombs in out citizen like in Iraq and Syria.

    Onormal with taken other lives with own life rights?

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Kyo on Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:48 pm

    Battalion0415 wrote:I believing all time american troops to Europe to fight against terrorist's if they do suisice bombs in out citizen like in Iraq and Syria.

    Onormal with taken other lives with own life rights?

    How about the not-so-notorious Swedish neutrality?

    The US is going to close 15 bases and facilities in Europe.

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20150110/1016742003.html

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Kyo on Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:55 pm

    US to increase European contingent with 3.000 troops, 150 tanks in 2015. Most probably a redeployment from Afghanistan.

    http://rt.com/news/221471-us-tanks-troops-europe/

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Battalion0415 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:03 pm

    Kyo wrote:
    Battalion0415 wrote:

    I believing all time american troops to Europe to fight against terrorist's if they do suisice bombs in out citizen like in Iraq and Syria.

    Onormal with taken other lives with own life rights?

    How about the not-so-notorious Swedish neutrality?

    The US is going to close 15 bases and facilities in Europe.

    Maybe NATO 2015 or 2016 with todays or 14000.

    Maye I have right about U.S. troops to Europe.

    They will to defend Europe from ISIS and Al Qaida.

    U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq.

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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Airbornewolf on Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:23 am

    Kyo wrote:US to increase European contingent with 3.000 troops, 150 tanks in 2015. Most probably a redeployment from Afghanistan.

    http://rt.com/news/221471-us-tanks-troops-europe/

    i think they are not intended against "foreign treats". more like threats to the U.S interests from within the E.U. itself.
    but to quote RT too:

    http://rt.com/files/episode/27/c3/00/00/1680563_truthseeker_480p.mp4



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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:33 am

    They will to defend Europe from ISIS and Al Qaida.

    What number of US troops in Europe would save Europe from suicide bombings or lone gunmen?

    And why are all the US troops in the US unable to stop whackjob gunmen from going on shooting rampages on US soil?

    No amount of troops foreign or domestic can prevent such things... even the troops themselves could go haywire with their service weapons and kill people... has happened before.

    US troops in Europe is all about control and influence in Europe for the US. Same for US troops in South Korea and Japan etc etc etc.


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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Kyo on Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:27 pm

    Battalion0415 wrote:

    They will to defend Europe from ISIS and Al Qaida.

    Huh? What is this? A Little Red Riding Hood kinda story?

    By the way, son. Why did the Swedish Academy give Nobel Obama the Peace prize. Remember this lame duck's last speech at the UN?

    Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition


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    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:14 am

    US Military Bases in Europe Step Up Security Amid IS Terrorist Threat

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    Post  Airbornewolf on Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:06 pm

    George1 wrote:US Military Bases in Europe Step Up Security Amid IS Terrorist Threat

    it does not take much to make the yanks paranoid tough, 2011 i took an american soldier (i actually could get along with) and his wife to the Netherlands. he actually had to get written authorization to be further than 2 hours driving in his freaking weekend from his base Razz.

    but.... to be fair. dutch soldiers are no longer allowed to wear our uniform on the street and do not even have the manpower to military secure our own bases.


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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:13 pm

    I have right now. Basis in Europe from America vs Al Qaida and Islamic State(IS).

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    Post  Werewolf on Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:14 pm

    Battalion0415 wrote:I have right now. Basis in Europe from America vs Al Qaida and Islamic State(IS).


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    Re: United States European Command

    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:11 am

    Army Looking to Store Tanks, Equipment in Eastern Europe

    U.S. Army Europe will soon dispatch a survey team to eastern Europe to scout locations for tanks and other military hardware as part of a broader effort to bolster the U.S. military presence in a region rattled by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Army's top commander in Europe said Friday.

    "We are doing surveys here in the next few weeks up in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria to see if there is a place where perhaps some of that equipment could be stored there," USAREUR chief Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said during an interview with Stars and Stripes. "Maybe it's a company, maybe it's a whole battalion, we don't know yet until we do the survey."

    In 2015, the Army expects to rotate a full-sized, U.S.-based heavy brigade of some 3,000 troops and additional tanks and other armored vehicles through Europe in connection with the service's Regionally Aligned Force initiative. Last year, the program kicked off on a smaller scale, bringing combat tanks back into Europe after a brief absence following the elimination of two Germany-based heavy brigades in 2013. Now, the regional concept is picking up steam, with plans for 220 armored vehicles in Europe.

    "The big question for us right now is ‘where are they going to go?' Obviously, a part is going to stay here," Hodges said, referring to the Grafenwöhr training area. "We really want to put some in southeastern Europe, some in the Baltics, some in Poland. Those countries want them bad -- an obvious reason, they're a deterrent aspect."

    Once the surveys are concluded, a formal recommendation will be submitted to European Command chief Gen. Philip Breedlove, Hodges said. That will happen sometime in February.

    In the meantime, the challenge is finding places to store all the inbound heavy gear. Initially, the regional brigade concept called for forward positioning enough equipment to support a battalion rotating through Europe at any given time. Hodge's plan calls for expanding those "European Activity Sets" to the brigade level, making it easier for larger elements to move in and out of Europe for training missions.

    "The European Activity Set is growing obviously," Hodges said. "The ultimate EAS will include the full armored brigade combat team, three maneuver battalions, a reconnaissance squadron, artillery, engineers and all that. That's probably about 220 armored vehicles, tanks, Bradleys."

    Hodges expects all the heavy armor equipment to be in place by the end of 2015.

    "Some of it is already here now, in fact, its right at Grafenwöhr," he said.

    Meanwhile, USAREUR could for a time hold on to at least one site that it had previously planned to turn over to the Germans -- Coleman Barracks in Mannheim -- which has the potential to be used as a temporary storage site until permanent locations are found in the east, according to USAREUR.

    Hodges, who was at the Army's sprawling training center in Hohenfels, Germany, on Friday to observe U.S. soldiers working alongside Canadian, British, Dutch and Hungarian troops, said the Army plan to rotate a heavy brigade through Europe comes at a crucial time. The latest rotational brigade bound for Europe -- 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division -- fits into an overall European Command strategy that aims to deter Russian aggression, reassure allies in the east, and strengthen training partnerships with allies, Hodges said.

    Europe-based troops also continue to play a key role. In the spring, the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade will deploy a battalion into western Ukraine to train the country's national guard and Defense Ministry personnel in a range of tactics, Hodges said.

    For nearly a year, Ukrainian forces have been at war with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east. While Moscow has denied sending troops into Ukraine or providing heavy weapons, Hodges said there are numerous signs of Russian involvement.

    "Hundreds of armored vehicles, rocket launchers and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that are being provided, either employed by Russians or by their proxies in the eastern Ukraine," Hodges said. "The sky is full of Russian UAVs and they are immediately finding all the Ukrainian formations, and (the Ukranians) are suffering huge causalities from artillery, rockets."

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:50 am

    Dragoon Ride: 2d Cav. Regt. returns home to Germany

    VILSECK, Germany -- More than 400 Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 2d Cavalry Regiment completed a historic 1,100 mile road march across Eastern Europe April 1.

    The road march, dubbed Operation Dragoon Ride, began as Stryker Armored Vehicles driving from Estonia, Lithuania and Poland towards the unit's home base at Rose Barracks, here.

    All three convoys of vehicles converged in the Czech Republic and then, together, continued home.

    Altogether the convoy consisted of approximately 100 vehicles and included around 60 Stryker Armored Vehicles.

    In addition to the Soldiers of 2d Cav. Regt., Soldiers from 4th Infantry Division's Mission Command Element, from Fort Carson, Colorado, provided oversight and assistance throughout the operation.

    Helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Army logisticians from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, NATO jets and U.S. Air Force assets also assisted in the mission's success.

    Operation Dragoon Ride's vehicles began marching home on March 21, marking the effort to showcase NATO unity and solidarity the longest vehicular road march by U.S. forces in Eastern Europe since World War II.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:00 am

    US Removing 24 Apaches from Europe

    WASHINGTON — The US Army plans to transfer 24 attack helicopters from Germany to Alaska over the next two years as part of a larger cost-saving aviation plan, according to a senior Army official, but the move could send mixed signals as Washington tries to reassure European allies amid Russian aggression.

    Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, Army assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and policy, told reporters on April 14 that 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters from Germany will join a company, or 12, unmanned Gray Eagles in Alaska by 2017.

    Only one combat aviation brigade (CAB) is permanently stationed in Europe, the 12th CAB, headquartered in Katterbach. An Army spokesman would not confirm it as the source of the Apaches — a sensitive issue as the Army has yet to formally announce two of the three combat aviation brigades it plans to render inactive.

    With budget-driven efforts to draw down its presence in Europe on the one hand and a need to deter Russian aggression on the other, the US is walking a fine line. Analysts said moving Apaches now would be out of balance.

    "At a time when the US is rightly pressing our European allies to do more, reducing real capability in Europe sends the wrong message — to our allies and to the Russians," said former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "This is a time when budget decisions need to be reviewed in terms of geopolitical reality — which now includes a growing Russian threat to security in Europe."

    Cheek spoke with reporters after a congressional hearing on Army modernization in which Army officials were questioned by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, about the importance of the Arctic in light of increased Russian military activity in the region. Cheek told Sullivan the Apaches and Gray Eagles were going to Alaska.

    The Apaches are part of the Army's overarching aviation restructure, billed by the service as means to save $12 billion. The active component would divest itself of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior fleet and pull Apaches from the National Guard to fill the gap, providing UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in turn. The Army would also close three of its 13 combat aviation brigades, and has so far named only the 159th at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — which lost 2,400 soldiers in the inactivation.

    Cheek declined to say which unit would be next, but hinted at the fraught politics involved. "Whether it's the United States or overseas, there are a lot of people who don't want you to do that, and that's what we're dealing with," he said.

    The restructure has faced opposition from the Guard, and Congress has ordered the plans be studied. Congress placed a block on any Apache transfers in 2015, allowing as many as 48 to be moved next year. It also created a commission to evaluate the restructure and the overall balance between active, Guard, and reserve forces — reporting back by Feb. 1, 2016. The commissioners were named last month.

    The 24 Apaches planned for Alaska will come from "reset facilities," and go to Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks, to convert the 6th Squadron, 17 Cavalry Regiment, into an armed reconnaissance squadron, said Matthew Bourke, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon. The 6-17 in 2014 was one of the first units to lose its Kiowas in the restructure.

    The 12 Gray Eagles would be stationed in Alaska, though the exact location is under negotiations with the Air Force. The Army is seeking to station them at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, though the Air Force also operates at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, where the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of unmanned aviation.

    Analyst Magnus Nordenman, deputy director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, called the the transfer of helicopters out of Europe "a surprising decision" in light of the security situation in Europe and Russia's aggressiveness. Though not a game changer, "it adds to the uncertainty in Europe around the US role in European security," he said.

    "US allies in Europe are closely watching every move the US makes in terms of forces going in and coming out of Europe, and Russia does as well," he said. "The move could feed an impression in Moscow that the US is not serious about deterrence in Europe after all, and the allies may also come to doubt US intentions."

    "In order to deter further aggression and to reassure US allies, it is important to have assets with real teeth on the ground in Europe. Apache helicopters certainly provide those kind of teeth," Nordenman said.

    The US' European Infrastructure Consolidation, announced this year, will return 15 sites to their host nations, and in the process save the government about $500 million each year. When the consolidation is over, US European Command will have 17 main operating bases in Europe.

    On the flip side, its European Reassurance Initiative is a funding package for stepped-up rotations and multilateral exercises, to enhance prepositioned stocks of equipment, and military aid to NATO and non-NATO allies. The Atlantic Resolve exercises this month featured a high-profile "Dragoon Ride," in which US soldiers and their Strykers undertook a two-week, 1,900-kilometer road march through Eastern Europe.

    The US Army has increased troop rotations in Europe and is forward stationing an armored brigade's worth of tanks and Bradleys, called an "activity set," for rotational troops to use. The equipment would be used for training purposes and is intended to improve US European Command's ability to respond to a crisis and surge combat power if needed.

    US Army Europe's commander, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, has said he is also exploring rotational aviation to help maintain the command's aviation capabilities and meet demands.

    In March, the 4-3 Assault Helicopter Battalion from Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, deployed to Europe with 25 helicopters and 450 people and became attached temporarily to the 12th CAB. The battalion, which operates UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, distributed troops and equipment throughout the Baltic and Balkan regions as part of the rotation.

    The 12th CAB's commander, Col. Vincent Torza, said at a conference in Washington in February that Army aviation is a critical component in a "strong Europe." With frequent rotations to Afghanistan, recent missions have taken elements of the CAB to Kuwait, Iraq and Sinai, as well as exercises in Poland and the Baltics.

    "This is my third tour over in Europe and I've never been busier, nor have our aviation assets been busier in Europe," Torza said, adding later: "For us, as the 12th CAB, being right now the current, only Army aviation in Europe, every rotation has an aviation task force from 12th CAB."

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    Re: United States European Command

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    S European Command to Counter Russia in High North - Breedlove

    US European Command (EUCOM) is working to counter Russian presence in the Arctic by unifying US command forces in the region, Supreme Allied Commander of EUCOM and NATO, General Philip Breedlove said on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Army is also considering reducing US forces in Alaska by removing two brigade combat teams. The move is a response to ongoing US military budget challenges.
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    “I think [Russia is] making sure that they have the military infrastructure to be able to influence the High North,” Breedlove told the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Breedlove continued that EUCOM has developed “an initiative called the Russian Strategic Initiative, where all the COCOM (combatant command) who touch Russia have come together.”

    The European Command is at the head of the effort to “make sure we do not end up having these seams” between EUCOM, US Pacific Command, and US Northern Command.

    The three commands have overlapping responsibilities for the northern region next to Russian territory.

    Breedlove expressed his concern over Russia’s upgraded presence in the Arctic, and emphasized that he “would not recommend reducing [US] capabilities in the North.”

    The United States currently lacks transportation and other critical infrastructure, which limits its capabilities in the Arctic, according to statements from US military and diplomatic personnel.

    Russia’s 2014-2020 military doctrine calls for building Russian defense capabilities in the Arctic. Russia has moved ahead in fielding a new Arctic Command, four new Arctic brigades, developing 11 new airfields, and adding to its icebreaker fleet.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150501/1021582402.html#ixzz3YryZCp3W

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