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New rotation of U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania


On June 24 the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment based in Grafenwoehr, Germany, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived in the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to replace the U.S. company stationed with the Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion.


The new rotation will continue training collective defence tasks with Lithuanian troops. Having landed at the Šiauliai Air Base, the U.S. troops further headed for the temporary station at the Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion.


1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, arrived from the permanent base in Grafenwoehr, Germany, for a roughly three-month long training period in Lithuania till they are relieved by another rotation of U.S. troops.


The former rotation of U.S. troops departed immediately following the arrival of the new one.


U.S. troops deployed in Lithuania for joint defence training since April 26 are stationed at the Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf in Rukla. Since May the U.S. forces have been involved in land force combat training exercises across Lithuania, including Black Arrow in May, the recently concluded U.S.-Baltic Exercise Saber Strike 2014 in June, and other collective training events.


The U.S. presence is planned to be sustained in Lithuania through at least the end of the year.


Lithuania is providing any host nation support necessary, lodging, feeding, logistic support, etc., for the deployed forces.


The United States is fulfilling NATO commitments through the deployment of its land forces in Lithuania for joint training in the light of the threats the Russian intervention in Ukraine may be causing to the region. U.S. forces of similar qualification and size are also deployed in Poland, Latvia and Estonia.


Photo credit – PFC Arnas Glazauskas

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