Heightened Preparedness Units Include Medical, Aviation, Logistics Support, Combat Formations

From the transcript of a press conference by Defense Department spokesman John Kirby on January 27, 2022.

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See also:

Detailed article from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on recent NATO deployments on Russia’s land and sea borders with updated map (see below).

Article from Britain’s Daily Mail stating 64,000 U.S. troops already in Europe could be used for campaign in the east (with map and graphic).

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III placed a range of U.S. military units comprising 8,500 troops on a heightened preparedness to deploy to Ukraine should Russia invade that nation, and those units have been named, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said in a news conference today.

“[These] units include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg [North Carolina] – which regularly maintains high readiness – as well as elements of the 18th Airborne Corps, also based at Fort Bragg; and some elements from Fort Campbell, Kentucky,” Kirby said. “Additionally, from Fort Campbell, elements of the 100th First Airborne Division; and from Fort Carson, Colorado, elements of the Fourth Infantry Division have also been placed on increased readiness.”

The spokesman added that more units, which will now have an increased readiness posture, also include elements from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Robins Air Force Base, Georgia; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and select additional locations across the nation.

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“The vast majority of the troops the secretary put on ‘prepare to deploy,’ are in fact, dedicated to the NATO Response Force,” he added. The NATO Response Force is a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed, according to the NATO website.

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The possibility of using U.S. forces that are already in Europe – which are already in an accelerated readiness posture – has not been taken off the table to bolster NATO allies if necessary, Kirby noted.

Anadolu Agency