CCTV : US troops to deploy in effort to ease European concerns

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It was moving day at Fort Carson, Colorado, as The U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team prepared to ship out.

CCTV’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports the story.

“We have everything from tanks, Bradleys, mortar carriers, artillery pieces, engineer vehicles,” said Col. John Gilliam, of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

There are 3,000 pieces of equipment. “This equipment is sort of our lifeblood,” said Col. John Gilliam.

“Lot of good stuff moving out here,” said Capt. Kenneth Kloeppel, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The 4,000 soldiers deploying will rely on the thousands of pieces of equipment during their upcoming nine-month deployment in Europe.

“We’ll be there to assure our allies and partners primarily,” said Col. John Gilliam.

It could also be called reassurance and deterrence.

These vehicles, this equipment, will ultimately end up in nine Central and Eastern European countries, some of them right on the doorstep of Russia.

“This is about increasing concerns about Russia. We want to deter Russia from making any further advances and to reassure our allies,” said Schuyler Foerster from Colorado College.

President Barack Obama announced Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poland in 2014, soon after Russia intervened in Ukraine. As part of this multi-billion dollar effort, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team will join European soldiers in training exercises that experts say are meant to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a clear message that he should think twice about invading one of its neighbors.

Read more at CCTV

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