Iron Soldiers Stand Ready in Light of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team is ready for any mission, according to U.S. European Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, at the unit’s consolidation and validation event here Jan. 30, 2017.
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ZAGAN, Poland – The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team is ready for any mission, according to U.S. European Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, at the unit’s consolidation and validation event here Jan. 30, 2017.

“These Iron Soldiers…send a clear signal of our commitment as they round out our joint team’s capability in a very significant way,” the general said.  “The events in 2014 and the Trans-Atlantic declarations from the Wales and Warsaw Summits, demonstrate the indivisibility and unity of the Alliance in light of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.  These events forged a commitment, and a plan, to build our defense and deterrence posture in Europe.”

“Know that our commitment to defense is rock-solid,” he said. “We must maintain the territorial integrity of our Alliance and maintain a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.”

Operation Atlantic Resolve was designed to reassure NATO allies and partners in the region after Russia invaded Ukraine.  General Ray said the arrival of the ABCT was just one aspect of America’s commitment to the region.

“The thousands of Iron Soldiers here are a key part of our joint land, naval, air, space and cyberspace team,” he said.  “Be assured, the full weight of the US military stands behind these sentinels of freedom.”

Deployed from Fort Carson, Colo., the 3,500 Armored Brigade Combat Team and 2,000 vehicles, join a recently increased land, sea and air presence in the region.  Operation Atlantic Resolve was designed to reassure NATO allies and partners in the region in light of Russia’s 2014 invasion into Ukraine.  The arrival of the 3rd ABCT starts back-to-back rotations of U.S. troops and equipment in the region.  The ABCT convoy will mass in Poland and then it will be dispersed across seven locations in Eastern Europe for training and exercises with European allies.

The arrival of the 3rd ABCT starts back-to-back rotations of U.S. troops and equipment in the region.

These forces represent one element of America’s commitment to European security, and it is ready to defend that security if called upon. They will train with our allies and partners, ultimately leading to greater interoperability.

“We are invested…from infrastructure upgrades across the continent to airfields and ranges, we’re also prepositioning supplies and equipment, and exercising with our Allies and partners,” he said in a previous statement. “We will also increase the scope and complexity of many exercises in our portfolio focusing on joint interoperability, missile defense and crisis response operations.”

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Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, U.S. European Command: (As Prepared)
Mr. President, Ambassador, Generals and other dignitaries, on behalf of General Curtis Scaparrotti, the Commander of U.S. European Command, thank you for the invitation to be here today.

We are humbled and honored to have such a great friendship with the Polish people.  It was heart-warming to see the unity of our alliance during the pro-U.S.-Poland events these past few weeks.  Our first response to Poland after Russia’s invasion into Ukraine was to send a clear message to the region by rapidly bolstering the Aviation Detachment here with increased fighter aircraft.  During my visit here last year, I was humbled at the clear sense of deep gratitude by the Polish people and their constant thanks and appreciation at how rapidly we responded.

Following the events in 2014, the Trans-Atlantic declarations from the Wales and Warsaw Summits, demonstrate the indivisibility and unity of the Alliance in light of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.  These events forged a commitment, and a plan, to build our defense and deterrence posture in Europe.

We’ve increased the Naval, Air and Land efforts for Operation Atlantic Resolve across the region.   Now, these Iron Soldiers of the Third Armored Brigade Combat Team send a clear signal of our commitment as they round out our joint team’s capability in a very significant way as the beginning of our heel to toe presence going forward.  It is very good to have armor back in Europe… Know that we heard you and we’re here.

As our new Secretary of Defense said, the Alliance’s defense of our shared values is important and always starts with Europe.  Know that United States European Command is committed to ensuring regional responsiveness.  The thousands of Iron Soldiers here are a key part of our joint land, naval, air, space and cyberspace team.  Please be assured the full weight of the US military stands behind these sentinels of freedom.

This Alliance is the most successful defensive alliance in history and I’m glad we’re on the same team.  However, no single nation can combat global threats alone. We must collectively work together to share information, share experiences, and maintain regional stability.  Know that our commitment to defense is rock-solid; and, we must maintain the territorial integrity of our Alliance and maintain a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.

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U.S. European Command is one of the United States’ two forward-deployed Geographical Combatant Commands whose area of focus covers almost one-fifth of the planet, including all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.  The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.

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