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Friday, August 15, 2014

Call the Cavalry

Will  600 soldiers from the Army’s 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division deploying to Poland and the Baltic states help reassure European allies who feel threatened by Russian military moves?

This October the troops and their equipment — which include M-1 Abrams tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers — will arrive for a three-month series of training exercises.

The soldiers, based at Fort Hood, Texas, are replacing about 600 paratroopers from the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. The paratroopers have been conducting exercises with Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia since April as part of ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The U.S. has sent a  handful of F-16 combat aircraft to Poland to participate in NATO air policing missions over the Baltics.

Polish Winged Hussars were the greatest cavalry that ever was and General Casimir Pulaski is known as the Father of the United States Cavalry. Perhaps sending the First Cavalry is a fitting selection. 


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