Bucharest, December 1, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
Romania is about to host a transport of US military equipment destined to the rotational force in the region. About 70 pieces of military equipment will arrive today in Romania from Germany to support Operation Atlantic Resolve training and exercises to increase the collective defense of NATO allies. According to a Pentagon spokesperson, the equipment in Romania will be the first set arriving in that country, while a similar transport will arrive in Bulgaria and Lithuania later in December.
Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the U.S. will temporarily stage enough vehicles and associated equipment in Central and Eastern Europe to support an armored brigade combat team.
The placement allows U.S. rotational forces in the region to move more quickly and easily to participate in training and exercises.
The items are part of the European Activity Set, which includes some 12,000 pieces of equipment, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery.
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania agreed to host company- to battalion-sized elements of EAS equipment.