Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered the deployment of 10,500 troops to replace the troops previously deployed in Europe.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the military would be deployed “in the coming months” and that the US military’s stance in Europe would not change.

“These are not permanent moves,” Kirby said. “These moves are designed for the current security environment.

“Furthermore, these troops are not going to fight in Ukraine, they are going to support the strong defense of NATO allies,” he added.

In February and March, the United States deployed and relocated thousands of troops to strengthen its European allies in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Most recently, Austin has deployed additional aviation capabilities in the region, with a total of approximately 200 personnel. These developments have brought the total number of Americans in Europe to 100,000.

Kirby said Friday’s rollout is a “one-to-one exchange,” so that number will remain unchanged.

Approximately 500 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will replace the 82nd Airborne Division’s soldiers currently in Europe, Mr. Kirby said.

The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division will also deploy approximately 4,200 soldiers from Fort Campbell to replace the units of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division in Poland.

The 1st Cavalry Division of the 3rd Panzer Brigade Combat Team in Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy an additional 4,200 soldiers to replace the 1st Panzer Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany.

In addition, the first armored division combat aviation brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, consisting of approximately 1,800 military personnel, will replace the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, which will support the Army’s replacement deployment, Operation Atlantic Resolve, from 2014.

The unit to be replaced will return to the United States after a “proper” shift of responsibility. This will happen in the coming weeks and summer, “says Kirby.

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