U.S. troops and armor to begin 1,100-mile convoy through Eastern-Central Europe

This is a very foolhardy “show”. Notice that this will also involve “air support”. The noise should be considerable. The presence of armor and troops on European roads will not just be inconvenient. It will increase tensions and fears — its goal. The U.S. wants Europeans to be afraid; it increases support for more and more NATO missions, soldiers, and weapons.

The U.S. puts all of Europe in very real danger, not Russia.

From Rick Rozoff

Stars and Stripes
March 12, 2015
Dragoon Ride will send US troops through eastern Europe in show of support
By John Vandiver


STUTTGART, Germany: U.S. Army soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment will soon begin a 1,100-mile convoy through six countries en route to their home station in Vilseck, Germany as they wrap up months of training with allies in Poland and the Baltics, Army officials said.

Troops will be taking their Strikers on a “road march,” dubbed Dragoon Ride. They will be accompanied by aerial reconnaissance support provided by the Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Europe said.

Normally, military vehicles would be shipped back to their home base by rail after such a training mission, not by road in a high profile convoy.

To reassure countries on Russia’s western periphery, the U.S. and other NATO allies have been training continuously in the Baltics and Poland since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year

“This is a complex mission involving a significant amount of international diplomatic and military cooperation,” Lt. Col. Craig Childs, a USAREUR spokesman, said in a statement. “It will allow all units involved an opportunity to test their unit maintenance and leadership capabilities while simultaneously providing a highly visible demonstration of U.S, commitment to its NATO allies and demonstrating NATO’s ability to move military forces freely across allied borders in close cooperation.”

The journey will take soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, from separate training locations in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland and convoy them through Latvia, the Czech Republic and finally to their home base at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, according to USARUER.

The 4th Infantry Division deployed a headquarters element to Europe in February to command and control U.S. land forces supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, the military’s effort to train and reassure allies while sending a message of deterrence to Russia. The 4th Infantry Division will be responsible for overseeing the road march from the Joint Multinational Training Command at Grafenwöhr, Germany, and from mobile command group locations forward in operational area, USAREUR said.

Before Dragoon Ride begins, troops will hand over responsibility for USAREUR’s land force training mission in the Baltics and Poland to soldiers with the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, from Ft. Stewart, Georgia, USAREUR said.

On Monday, hundreds of tanks and other military vehicles arrived in Latvia. They will be followed by 3,000 troops from the Georgia-based unit. Their rotation is expected to last until June.


U.S. general visits maimed Ukrainian soldiers, hands out commemorative tokens


US General Thanks Crippled Ukrainian Soldiers with Tokens

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

General Ben Hodges, commanding the U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) gave out commemorative tokens to Ukrainian soldiers crippled in the fighting. The US general who came to Kiev for consultations on the conduct of the war, praised the talent and bravery of Ukrainian soldiers and commanders.

“They ordered us to fire on a specific location from the BMP, but it could not fire. Then they ordered the tank to fire, but it reported it does not have sufficient hydraulic pressure to fire…I was lucky, because my comrade, a grenade launcher operator whose skull was blown to pieces, fell on me,” said the wounded 24-year-old soldier who left home two children.

He also said that he spent one month in training, after which he was sent into battle. His war lasted 2 weeks. On September 1 he arrived at the front line, on the 14th he lost his hand and has been in the hospital ever since.

Having heard the soldier’s story, the US general gave him a commemorative USAREUR coin, which specifies that it was issued personally by the commanding general.

Is this sufficient compensation for the loss of his left hand for which a prosthetic will cost more than 100 thousand euro? The soldier himself does not think so.

Translator’s Note: What stands out is the low level of training and equipment readiness evident in the story told by the soldier. Reservists are snatched from their homes, given very hasty retraining, and then sent to the front line with non-operational equipment, which goes a long way toward explaining why Ukrainian casualties have been so high. It’s not clear what Ben Hodges is doing in Kiev, aside from putting into doubt the honor of his uniform. “Talent and bravery of Ukrainian soldiers and commanders”? Ukrainian commanders have shown neither in this war and Ben “token of my support” Hodges surely knows it.

Additional translated portion:

Recall that Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin directly linked Gen. Ben Hodges’ visit Kiev with intensified fighting in the Donbas.

“After each visit to Ukraine by senior US officials, Kiev authorities are increasing confrontation of their actions. And the current military escalation miraculously coincided with a visit to Kiev by the commander of US forces in Europe,” – said the diplomat, responding to criticism of US ambassador Samantha Power to Russia.

Editor’s Note: This incident shows this is a proxy war. The war is fought by drafted cannon-fodder civilians because Washington and the West wish it and are pulling the strings. General Hodges was visiting his troops. That’s why he’s in Kiev. He is the commanding general.

And the “brave” thing General Hodges is glad of is that the Ukrainian soldiers are killing Ukrainian men, women, and children. Perhaps General Hodges will consider it brave when German soldiers are killing German citizens, Polish soldiers are killing Polish citizens, and back at home, American soldiers are killing American citizens.

Who is the real boss of General Hodges? What is his real mission?

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