STUTTGART, Germany – Forty-nine U.S. Army helicopters, as well as trucks and other support equipment, arrived in Europe beginning a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Arriving by ship in the Port of Bremerhaven, Germany, Jan. 12, troops and equipment included UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47F Chinooks. OAR was designed to reassure European Allies in light of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.
“The arrival of the 10th Combat Air Brigade adds to our highly capable joint team,” said General Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander, U.S. European Command. “This deployment is another great opportunity to strengthen strategic partnerships with our NATO Allies and to build together our capacity, capability and interoperability.”
After the brigade’s arrival, helicopters will fly to various areas across Europe, while equipment is moved via rail. Personnel and equipment will later be relocated throughout the region. Additional helicopters are on schedule to arrive at later dates.
“Through a logistics effort unseen in decades, OAR deployments continue to exceed all expectations,” said Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro, U.S. EUCOM’s Director of Logistics. “The rapid and responsive effort by ships, rail, strategic airlift, and all those involved, continue to highlight the speed at which we can deploy to Europe.”
Soldiers are deployed from Fort Drum, N.Y. and Fort Bliss, Texas and will perform medical transport and aviation operations to improve interoperability and strengthen relationships with Allies and partner nations.
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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