Defense One
May 31, 2022

Three More Nations Join Ukraine Planning Cell Run By Army Special Forces

Three more countries have joined a coordination effort set up by U.S. Army special forces to help Ukraine, the Army secretary said Tuesday.

“When Russia went into Ukraine in late February, we sent the 10th Special Forces Group to develop a coalition planning cell that enabled us to bring together 20 different nations to coordinate information with international [special operations forces] partners and allies,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said during a virtual event with the Atlantic Council….

The planning cell had 17 members in April, when Lt. Gen. Jonathan Braga, the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, testified to senators.

Wormuth said the cell has helped coordinate the shipment of weapons and equipment within Ukraine.


With one battalion based in Stuttgart, Germany, the 10th Special Forces Group has been part of the U.S. special operations effort to help Ukrainian forces….


National Guardsmen have also helped to train Ukrainian troops. While U.S. training stopped before the invasion, it was restarted outside the country as more complex equipment was being sent to Ukraine. Members of the Florida National Guard moved to Germany and have helped train Ukrainian forces on the M777 towed howitzers.