Estonia purchases 44 combat vehicles as NATO trains Estonia for war

Exercise Baltic Bison. I hope the Baltic nations review the history of the American bison and what nearly happened to it in Americans’ pursuit of pleasure and westward expansion.

Lebensraum — another word for “manifest destiny”. Manifest destiny is an enshrined American value and goal. Remember: America is always looking for more territory.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations

February 23, 2015

Dutch and Estonian Forces train together in Exercise Baltic Bison 2015

CV-90 Combat Infantry Vehicle

MONS, Belgium: Soldiers of the Dutch 43 Mechanised Brigade are training with their Estonian Infantry counterparts in tough winter conditions during Exercise Baltic Bison from 9-26 February 2015. Exercise Baltic Bison is part of NATO’s Assurance Measures in the region and is focused on international cooperation and knowledge sharing between the two NATO members.

“NATO’s assurance measures, including the Netherlands’ effort during operation Baltic Bison, is proof that NATO commitments are working in a proper way and in practice,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Aron Kalmus, Commander of the Estonian First Infantry Brigade. “I am more than glad, as an Estonian officer and as an Estonian citizen, that our Dutch colleagues amongst other NATO Allies have proved this by coming here in these difficult times in Eastern Europe.”

On 9 December 2014, the Dutch Minister of Defence, Ms Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and her Estonian colleague Sven Mikser, signed a contract for the purchase of 44 Dutch CV-90 Combat Infantry Vehicles by Estonia. Exercise Baltic Bison provides the opportunity to introduce the tracked vehicle to the Estonian soldiers.

The Estonians will be trained on the various characteristics of this vehicle, such as mobility, firepower and protection, during the two week period. A lot of time will be spent on learning and recognizing each other’s procedures, so that close cooperation is guaranteed now and in the future.

NATO is continuing with its assurance measures such as increased exercises, enhanced air policing and maritime patrolling. The Alliance is also working hard to implement decisions from the Wales summit, including the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), establishing reception bases for command and control, looking at the pre-positioning of supplies and equipment, possible improvements to national infrastructure, and the enhancing of the NATO Response Force.

Story by the Dutch Ministry of Defence and SHAPE Public Affairs Office

U.S. Infantry Division deploys for anti-Russian mission

Posted on Stop NATO

U.S. Army Europe February 14, 2015
4ID deploys to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve
By 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany: Members of the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters deployed to Europe today from Fort Carson, Colo., in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Soldiers constitute the Mission Command Element of the 4ID which will serve as an intermediate headquarters for U.S. Army Europe under the Army’s Regionally Aligned Forces concept. The 4ID is the first division-level headquarters to deploy to Europe as part of the RAF concept.

Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, 4ID commanding general, has directed Brig. Gen. Randy George, deputy commanding general, to lead the MCE. The MCE is a staff element made up of personnel from across the division and is tailored to best provide command and control for all U.S. ground forces participating in Operation Atlantic Resolve.

“4ID’s presence in Europe provides Army Europe a unique set of capabilities and greater flexibility to respond to future contingencies,” said George. “Under Operation Atlantic Resolve we are improving our ability to operate alongside our allied and partner nation armies as we work and train together. Through these shared experiences we will maintain the trust built on operations together with our Allies, strengthen our interoperability and demonstrate our commitment to the NATO Alliance.”

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. European Command operation led by Army Europe. It is focused on strengthening relationships and building interoperability among allies and demonstrating the United States’ continued commitment to the NATO alliance.

Since April, Army Europe has conducted continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Europe. Currently, OAR’s enhanced land force training and security cooperation activities are taking place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland; with plans to expand to include Romania and Bulgaria in the near future.

In addition to deploying the MCE, the 4ID will periodically send Soldiers to Europe to participate in a number of multi-national exercises over the coming months, as a part of the RAF mission.