The 82nd Airborne, from Fort Bragg, NC, is expected to train with Polish forces at several locations around the country, a US military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Pentagon has banned reporters from getting their hands on these newcomers. “We are not yet at the point where we can provide that kind of access,” said Kirby . said last week.
The Pentagon announced last Friday that 3,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Forces will join 1,700 troops from the previously deployed unit to Poland. They were commanded by Major General Christopher Donahue, who served as ground commander for the evacuation at Kabul’s international airport in August.
Mr. Kirby said that while some Army troops may be operating in eastern Poland, near the border with Ukraine, one thing is clear: “There was no intention, no plan and no approval. agreed to send these troops into Ukraine. They are being sent to Poland. They will stay in Poland. “
Understanding the escalating tension in Ukraine
Last weekend, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III ordered 150 Florida Army National Guard troops training Ukrainian troops to leave the country “out of an abundance of caution,” Kirby said. That makes several dozen Army Special Forces personnel and Marines Embassy guards the last of the American military’s military presence in this country.
Mr. Austin is expected to visit US troops in Poland and the Baltics this week.
In addition, some 300 members of the command of the 18th Airborne Corps, also from Fort Bragg, arrived in Germany to oversee reinforcements pouring into Eastern Europe. The 18th Airborne Corps and its headquarters unit were led by Lieutenant General Michael E. Kurilla, who Biden nominated to take over the army’s Central Command in April. And on Thursday, Mr. Austin said troops of the 125th Army would come to Bulgaria from Germany for training.
The Pentagon has also sent air reinforcements in recent days to Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe. The Air Force says F-35 fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, were deployed to Germany a few days later. B-52 bomber from Minot Air Force Base, NDwas sent to England on a previously planned mission.
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