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173rd BCT paratroopers conduct unscheduled training with Lithuania Army

173rd BCT paratroopers conduct unscheduled training with Lithuania Army
SIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania--Paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) arrived in Lithuania April 26, in order to begin a training exercise with Lithuanian land forces. The paratroopers training with NATO allies in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of recently announced exercises to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the alliance and to increase interoperability between forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. A.M. LaVey/173 ABN PAO)

WIESBADEN, Germany (April 26, 2014) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy arrived in Lithuania April 26, 2014 to conduct small unit and leader training with members of the Lithuanian Army.

This exercise is the second in a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in the region that are scheduled to take place for the next few months and beyond.

This action comes at the request of the host nations in the region and further demonstrates US commitment to NATO.

The training, not previously scheduled, takes place as the United States continues to demonstrate solidarity with its NATO allies by increased land force presence in Poland and the Baltic States, an enhanced exercise schedule, and increased security cooperation measures with allies in the region.
Some of the other land forces exercises planned across Europe include:

• Exercise Rochambeau, scheduled to take place in France in May
• Exercise Combined Resolve II, scheduled to take place in Germany in May
• Exercise Saber Strike, scheduled to take place in Lithuania and Lithuania in June
• Exercise Immediate Response, scheduled to take place in Slovenia in August
• Exercise Saber Junction 14, scheduled to take place in Germany in August
• Exercise Cooperative Resolve, scheduled to take place in Turkey in September

Watch this video report from The Pentagon Channel:

For more information, visit the U.S. Army Europe website at eur.army.mil and navigate to the Exercises page, eur.army.mil/exercises/default.htm.

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