first published on February 1, 2017 by Will
The US has conducted the largest ever deployment to Poland, consisting of 3,500 troops as well as 2,700 armored combat vehicles and heavy equipment. The demonstration is officially dubbed Operation Atlantic Resolve and according to Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, the event is much more than a simple training exercise, but rather a demonstration of might to our foes as well as a demonstration of commitment to our NATO allies in the region.
“Russian aggression takes many forms…cyber, misinformation, threatening other countries, Russian snap exercises. We’re serious… this is not just a training exercise. It’s to demonstrate a strategic message that you cannot violate the sovereignty of members of NATO… Moscow will get the message, I’m confident of it,” Gen. Hodges told NBC in an interview.
Uncertainties continue to swirl following the election of Donald Trump as POTUS. Critics are concerned about how the past business and personal relationships between Trump and Putin may effect our stance on eastern Europe regarding our NATO allies. During his campaign, President Trump also expressed his doubts about the validity of NATO, calling it obsolete. These uncertainties have small eastern European nation states sweating the possibility of annexation by Russia. Will Operation Atlantic Resolve be enough to convince NATO that we are willing to go to bat for them?
The following video shows various M1 Abrams live fire exercises, conducted by the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd armored Brigade Combat Team, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poland.