Press Release - New US Army unit takes EFP mission, port operations begin in Denmark

June 4, 2021

WIESBADEN, Germany —

The U.S. Army National Guard’s 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based in Seattle, is U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s ninth rotation deployed in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.


Approximately 800 Soldiers began deploying to Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, last month. The U.S. Soldiers will serve alongside NATO allies from Croatia, Romania and the United Kingdom, which collectively make up Battle Group Poland.


More than 300 pieces of the unit’s equipment from will off-load at the Esbjerg, Denmark, port June 4-12. 


The deployment to Poland is the largest for the Washington National Guard since the 81st Brigade Combat Team deployed in 2009-2010 and 2004-2005 to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.


Notably, this is the first time the U.S. Army and the Danish Ministry of Defense have used the Esbjerg port for an operation of this kind. The operation reflects the ability of U.S. and Danish military forces to execute a complex logistics and transportation equipment movement on this scale.


All movements of personnel and equipment will be conducted while adhering to the prevention and protection guidance directed by the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Centers for Disease Control, our host nation governments and local authorities to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  The health, safety and security of our personnel and those of our allies, partners and local populations is a priority.

  • U.S. Army Europe and Africa