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The ultimate size of the force will be "several thousand troops" able to respond within a few days to any attack or security threat, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.
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Jan. 15, 8:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that the rapid-reaction force was already deployed to Eastern Europe states. Troops remain at their national bases.
NATO creates rapid-reaction force to protect Eastern Europe
The ultimate size of the force will be "several thousand troops" able to respond within a few days to any attack or security threat,
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A few 1000 troops and a few days?!?
To my militarily uneducated mind that sounds more like a "slow token response team" as opposed to a "rapid reaction force"
The United States Department of Defense announced Wednesday that 600 soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, will rotate to the Baltic states and Poland in October.
The deployment, the American military newspaper Stars and Stripes said, is part of what the American military calls "Operation Atlantic Resolve," which a Pentagon spokesman said is "to demonstrate US commitment to reassuring its NATO allies."
As part of the operation, the American 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, the "Sky Soldiers," was deployed to Estonia in April. A total of 150 troops arrived at Ämari air base, and have been housed in Paldiski, doing interoperability training with units with Estonian Defense Forces and public relations events throughout the country. Similar units have been deployed in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.
The brigade was scheduled to rotate out in October, and the 1st Brigade will take over their role in training exercises in Eastern Europe. They were originally deployed in the wake of Russia's occupation of Crimea in February and the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.