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May 18, 2021

US Army cuts back summer training exercises in Eastern Europe

Combat deployments and limited resources mean fewer U.S. military personnel will train in Eastern Europe this summer compared with last year, according to U.S. Army Europe, quoted by Stars and Stripes. About 1,000 personnel are expected to train in Romania and Bulgaria, down from the 3,200 who deployed there last summer, said Lt. Col. Daniel Herrigstad, a USAREUR public affairs officer. In recent years, the U.S. has conducted regular training aimed at building relationships with both militaries, which have fought alongside U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this year’s training was scaled back because of limited resources, as well as operational and training demands, Herrigstad said. As of this summer, the 172nd company will train at Romania’s Babadag Training Area alongside some 30 local national soldiers from June to July, he said. The 172nd troops will focus on dismounted, individual- and squad-level infantry tactics, combat lifesaver training and the use of the Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle, he said.

“The 172nd … exercise is not nearly as large as last year’s Task Force-East rotation. However, we also have other diverse training going on,” Herrigstad said.

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