More than 90 paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade began combined Romanian-American rapid-reaction exercises on Tuesday with an airborne operation into Campia Turzii. The American paratroopers started the rapid response drill just hours after receiving the relevant order, leaving the Ground Forces Airfield in Grafenwoehr – Germany for Romania, aboard C-130 Hercules aircraft of the United States Air Force.
“The parachute drop demonstrates the unit’s ability to deploy within 18 hours anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command areas of responsibility. The U.S. paratroopers descended with all equipment and supplies needed for maneuvers and tasks under stressful conditions, including reduced sleep and operating day and night in unfamiliar territory,” informs a press release of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.
The combined Romanian-American exercises take place between October 21-24 under the Romanian-American commitment to NATO Collective Security highlight the increased tempo of the ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve exercises designed to improve NATO allied military forces’ interoperability on the ground and from the air. The “Sky Soldiers” brigade comes to Romania just two weeks after a six-month deployment to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania under Atlantic Resolve.
“The U.S. remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Eastern Europe, working with NATO allies such as Romania to ensure a coordinated and continuous land, air and sea presence in the region as part of the commitments made at the NATO Summit,” mentions the U.S. Embassy’s release.