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The Pentagon is sending 10,500 U.S. troops to Europe next month to replace existing personnel – a “one-to-one unit replacement” that will keep the U.S. military footprint in the region unchanged by 100,000 strong, according to spokesman John Kirby.

The planned rotations “will go away in the summer,” he added, and involved a number of different units. About 4,200 troops from the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Fort Campbell, Ky. Meanwhile, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team in Fort Hood, Texas, 4,200 soldiers from the 1st Equestrian Division will be sent to Germany to replace the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division troops stationed there.

A further 500 troops from Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division will be deployed to replace members of the 82nd Airborne Division across the area of ​​responsibility of US-European Command. Eighteen members of the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas will also be sent to replace the outgoing 1st Air Cavalry Brigade tasked with Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Kirby stressed that the installations are “not permanent. These measures are designed to respond to the current security environment.”

He acknowledged, however, that “we need to look at the permanent footprint in Europe and make an assessment of it in the future.”

“These forces are not going to fight in Ukraine,” Kirby added. “They are going to support a strong defense of NATO allies.”

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