Posts tagged as U.S. Army

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Irresponsible games with military stability

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, February 24, 2020

Members of the Left party of the Bundestag called on the German government to abandon the “deployment of troops on the Russian border” and stop supporting NATO DEFENDER-Europe 20 military exercises, which will take place in March 2020. Conducting exercises in Europe, NATO is not only “playing irresponsibly with military stability,” but also insults Russia, they said. It is noted that the exercise threatens the security of Europe, violates the…

U.S. Army’s top health officer in Europe suspended

Friday, February 21, 2020

U.S. Army Europe is investigating the top medical commander in the region after he was suspended for alleged misconduct, military officials said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Ronald Stephens, who leads Regional Health Command-Europe, was suspended Feb. 12, USAREUR said in a recent statement. “The investigation does not involve patient care or safety,” USAREUR said. Col. Andre Pippen, RHCE’s chief of staff, is serving as the acting commander. USAREUR declined to provide…

US troops in the Baltic states – a threat to independence and security

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Foreign military bases are integral to preparations for war. The bases intended to increase violence, undermine international security and proliferate weapons. There are more than 150,000 U.S military troops deployed outside the country on more than 800 bases in 160 countries. These bases are the central feature of U.S. foreign policy which is one of coercion and threat of military aggression. Military bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked…

Two Germans cause alarm after shooting blanks near Army base

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Two German men were taken into custody Sunday after police swarmed near U.S. Army Europe’s Clay Kaserne headquarters in Wiesbaden in response to sounds of gunfire in the vicinity of the base. German police said the suspects fired blanks in the direction of Clay Kaserne’s airfield while driving in a white van. The men, ages 20 and 26, later told police they were unaware that they were firing near a…

Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in one year

By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke on Friday, October 12, 2018

Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program was put on hold in 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened…

U.S. Army announces conversion of two brigade combat teams

Monday, September 24, 2018

The U.S. Army has announced the conversion of two brigade combat teams that will contribute to Army efforts to build a more lethal force and is an investment to increase overmatch against country’s potential adversaries. According to the statement, announced on 20 September by the U.S. Army, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division (1/1 AD) stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, will convert from a Stryker brigade combat team (SBCT) to…

Heavy U.S. Army equipment deployed for training in Pabradė Training Area

Monday, September 17, 2018

On September 14 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, currently deployed in Poland, were unloaded at Pabradė Railway Station. The units will be training at Gen. Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė until the end of September alongside troops of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces, and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group. Troops will train…

U.S. Army Lieutenant General John Thomson Assumes Command

Monday, August 6, 2018

U.S. Army Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III assumed command of NATO’s Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) from Italian Army Lieutenant General Paolo Ruggiero during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 at the Izmir Headquarters. “I am humbled and excited to join this outstanding command and be a part of the strongest Alliance in the world,” said Thomson. “It is an honour to serve with you and I could not…

Allied Land Command holds Change of Command Ceremony

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Change of Command was held at NATO’s Allied Land Command on Friday, June 29, 2018 when U.S. Army Lieutenant General Darryl Williams handed command over to Deputy Commander, Italian Army Lieutenant General Paolo Ruggiero. “It has been my great honour to serve as the LANDCOM Commander during these past two years,” said Lieutenant General Williams. “Together, we have made great improvements in support of the NATO land community, and…