The Pentagon receives for 2019 a record sum – nearly 717 billion dollars – in the context of tensions between NATO and Russia.Part of that money will be in Romania. Why ?
What’s happening in Romania ?
The United States sends Military Air Base “Mihail Kogalniceanu” as part of the US commitment to securing NATO’s eastern flank.
US Military Forces deployed in Europe have arrive from Poland along with military equipment at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Constanta County as part of the US commitment to securing NATO’s eastern flank, in the Atlantic Resolve Operation, a press release released on Wednesday 27 February 2019,by the Ministry of National Defense (MApN).
The approximately 500 US soldiers are part of the 1st Battalion of the Regiment 16 Infantry Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division 1- and are equipped with M1 Abrams tanks and infantry fighting vehicle M2 Bradley. They will participate, this year, in multinational exercises alongside soldiers from the structures of the Romanian Land Forces.
Also, about 100 soldiers and helicopters such as CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Appache, UH-60 & HH-60 Black Hawk from Combat Aviation Brigade 1 will have arrive at Mihail Kogălniceanu, also from the 1st Infantry Division. They will carry out exercises together with military structures from the Romanian Air Force, bilateral, joint and multinational trainings.
At the same time, the Escadrile 572 Helicopters at Kogălniceanu Base will ensure CASEVAC (Casuality Evacuation) service with an IAR 330 PUMA helicopter equipped and trained for this type of mission.
It is also worth mentioning that Air Base 57 “Mihail Kogalniceanu” will provide some of the personnel that will fit the Romanian Air Force detachment, which will be made available to the UN during the MINUSMA mission, starting with October this year.
Apart from Romania, the 1st Aviation Brigade deployed, during this period, military and aviation techniques in Germany, Latvia and Poland.
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US troops will be stationed in Romania for nine months, after which they will be replaced by other combat units, ensuring a consistent presence based on continuous rotation in Europe.
“Dislocation in our country develops the Romanian-US cooperation in the field of security, providing joint training opportunities that will enhance the capabilities of NATO allies and partners, improve the interoperability of the Romanian Armed Forces structures involved in joint activities and the overall capacity to respond to potential crisis.
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The development of the Romanian-American strategic partnership represents a major objective at national level, both on the political and the military level. In this context, the rotation of the US forces on the national and Black Sea region as well as the support provided by the USA in the process of modernizing national defense capabilities play an essential role in the current security context in our country, “states in the MApN communiqué.
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