2 brigades of nearly 6,000 troops head to Europe amid growing Russian tensions

Source: Stars and Stripes

An aviation brigade and an armored brigade are deploying to Europe this winter as part of NATO efforts to reassure Eastern Europe in the face of an assertive Russia, the Army announced Thursday.

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson in Colorado, will send 4,000 soldiers, the Army stated Thursday in a news release. An Army spokesman confirmed the unit will begin moving in January.

The Fort Drum, New York-based 10th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy 1,750 soldiers, more than half the brigade, the Army stated in a separate news release, with earlier reports saying the unit will arrive in Germany in March.

Both units will support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the growing U.S. effort to reassure NATO allies in the region in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine in 2014.

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