Press Release – U.S. Army Europe and Africa commander visits 82nd Airborne Soldiers in Poland

Feb. 11, 2022

WIESBADEN, Germany —

U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commander, Gen. Christopher Cavoli, visited Jasionka Airfield, Poland, today to meet with paratroopers assigned to 82nd Airborne Division.


At the invitation of our Polish Allies, approximately 1,700 troops from the division continue to arrive in Poland following a Department of Defense announcement earlier this month directing the deployment of U.S. Soldiers to Europe. The unit is deploying to enhance our readiness, strengthen our resilience, and if necessary, defend and secure the NATO Alliance.


The paratroopers, along with 300 Soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps who deployed to Wiesbaden, Germany, are from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


"This deployment is a prudent measure that underpins our collective war prevention aims, defensive orientation and commitment to protect all of our Allies," said Cavoli. "We train with and operate alongside our Polish hosts year-round, and this deployment offers a great opportunity to improve our tactical training and increase our interoperability across all domains."


In addition to the deployed Airborne units, the Department of Defense also announced that a squadron from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, under command and control of V Corps, would deploy from Vilseck, Germany, to Romania to augment 900 U.S. Soldiers already there on a regularly-scheduled Atlantic Resolve rotation.


V Corps was reactivated in October 2020 and established their headquarters forward in Poznan, Poland, a month later.  They completed a series of exercises to include participation in Defender-Europe 21 and a warfighter exercise to become fully operational a year later in November 2021. As America's forward deployed Corps in Europe, Victory Corps is the foundation of the U.S. Army operational commitment to NATO to maintain unity and cohesion of the Alliance.


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