Deterrence Role: U.S. Army Fighting Vehicles Arrive in Bulgaria

Written by on February 25, 2017 in Bulgaria, Latest, Miscellaneous - No comments

After being confined to freight trains coming in from Poland for several days, fourteen Bradley fighting vehicles, which look like tanks and are owned by the U.S. Army, arrived at Novo Selo today. At this location, the Bulgarian and American armies run a joint training facility.

Last week, 125 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion (“Fighting Eagles”), 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, arrived in Bulgaria last week. With the Bulgarian land forces on site, they will now commence their training. According to the Americans, interoperability and sustaining readiness will be the focus.

The Company A commander, Captain Sean Griffin, was quoted by the DVIDS military news site as saying he and his soldiers were excited to begin training. Griffin explained that, apart from training with their Bulgarian colleagues, they wanted to engage the local community, in order to learn about shared cultures and customs.

In August of 2016, members of the U.S. Air Force had engaged the local Bulgarian community as well, by waging war against decay in a kindergarden in Kabile and renovating it completely.

The U.S. soldiers present in Bulgaria right now, along with 500 U.S. troops equipped with Abrams tanks who were sent to Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase in Romania, are part of NATO’s operation “Atlantic Resolve”. So are even more American forces in five additional countries throughout eastern Europe, who are also conducting training with the armed forces of their host countries.

All in all, there are some 3,500 U.S. soldiers, who brought 80 tanks, 130 fighting vehicles and 18 howitzers, based on sites in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. Deterrence is their main role, since Russia has been provoking the West for quite a while now.  

The U.S. Army says, the brigade’s movement from Poland to seven other NATO countries demonstrated its ability to freely move across Europe, providing the capability to rapidly respond to potential threats against NATO allies.

By im.

Photo: DVIDS



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