: AFP: US to station armoured brigade in eastern Europe from 2017

20:27 Mar. 30, 2016

AFP: US to station armoured brigade in eastern Europe from 2017

U.S. European Command Commander, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip M. Breedlove (AP Photo)

The US military has about 62,000 permanently assigned service members in Europe

The United States will step up its troop presence in eastern Europe in response to "an aggressive Russia," with continuous rotations of an additional armoured brigade beginning in early 2017, the U.S. military said Wednesday, March 30.

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The rotations will bring the U.S. Army's presence in Europe to three fully manned combat brigades, the U.S. European Command said. A brigade comprises about 4,200 troops.

"This Army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO Allies and partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere," General Philip Breedlove, the top US commander in Europe, said in a statement.

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"Our allies and partners will see more capability. They will see a more frequent presence of an armored brigade with more modernized equipment in their countries," Breedlove added.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter last month unveiled the Pentagon's proposed budget for next year, which includes .4 billion -- quadruple last year's amount - for operations in Europe. Full story 

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