US Armored Columns March Through Six Eastern European Countries

US Army soldiers travel in American armored combat vehicles through the streets of Narva, Estonia, during a military parade to mark the country's Independence Day.Sputnik

The United States Army will send a convoy of American soldiers and military vehicles through Eastern European countries near Russia’s western border, despite Moscow’s repeated expression of concern over NATO’s expansion of forces in the region.

The 1,100 mile journey, dubbed “Dragoon Ride,” will last from March 21 through April 1 and wraps up months the US Army spent training with allies in Poland and the Baltics.  

American troops from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment will accompany their eight-wheeled armored combat vehicles, called Strykers, while the Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade will provide aerial reconnaissance support.

The convoy will take soldiers from separate training locations in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland and transport them through Latvia, the Czech Republic and finally to their home base at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany.

“It’s helped us further develop our understanding of freedom of movement in Eastern Europe,” Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, US Army Europe commander, said in an interview with Defense News and Army Times reporters and editors.

Normally, military vehicles would be shipped back to their home base by rail after such a training mission, not by road in a high-profile convoy.

Months of training exercises meant to serve as “reassurance” from the US and other NATO allies to countries on Russia’s western periphery, Stars and Stripes reported.

“This is what the US Army does, we can move a lot of capability a long distance,” Hodges said. “I’ve been watching the Russian exercises… what I cared about is they can get 30,000 people and 1,000 tanks in a place really fast. Damn, that was impressive.”

The US Army flaunted its personnel and equipment last month, too, when it paraded armored personnel carriers and other vehicles through the streets of Narva, Estonia, a border city separated by a narrow frontier from Russia.

The show was a part of the US Army’s participation a military parade to mark Estonia’s Independence Day.

NATO defense ministers agreed in February to the creation of six new command posts in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, along with an expansion of NATO’s Response Force, a move Russia’s envoy to the alliance said “creates a great risk for Russia,” particularly in the Baltic States, which could become the site of “military confrontation.”

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2 thoughts on “US Armored Columns March Through Six Eastern European Countries

  1. And they will stray across the border into Russia accidentally of course, and will open fire on some Russian border patrolman and will report a border incursion and attack, the Russian army will try to repel that invasion and then the dreaded WW3 will be on. Cute!!!. They might even arrange for some attack on that column and claim it was Russian border incursion and the result would be the same.

    Russia was starting to thrive without the Zionist Commissars ruling and slaughtering Christian Russians so now they want to finish the job, an hopefully get rid of most of the GOY.

    Or the Russian army will let whatever provocation happen and instead of shooting they will take lots of damaging pictures. If they have the time they can do some irreparable damage to whatever is left of our government credibility and prestige. That is the critical 64000 dollar question. Can they get the goods on the bad guys when they try to pull something? Russians are just like Americans in one respect. They have their heads in their I-Phone 24/7. Maybe they will use them to some good effect to help stop this insanity?

    1. “whatever is left of our government credibility and prestige.” I googled government+credibility+prestige and, dammit, no matches found! I’ll try again but I may as well get the “board of wisdom” out give my forehead a couple whacks.

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