The US Army’s Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) soldiers will deploy to Poland in support of Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission.
Approximately 500 PNG troops assigned to 3rd Squadron, 278th Armoured Cavalry Regiment will deploy this spring.
Pennsylvania adjutant general and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs head major general Tony Carrelli said: “I am proud of the men and women of the 3rd Squadron for their hard work and intense training in preparation for their deployment to Poland.
“I have no doubt that our allies and Nato leadership will be very impressed with our soldiers’ dedication to this mission. I know I speak for all Pennsylvania citizens when I say, ‘thank you’ for the tremendous sacrifice you are about to make by leaving your families and civilian jobs to protect freedom and liberty throughout the world.”
Soldiers have been preparing for the mission for more than a year. In 2018, the unit also conducted a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, US.
Initially, the unit will participate in a culminating exercise in Texas and then depart to Poland to lead a multi-national task force known as Battle Group Poland. The task force comprises soldiers from the US, the UK, Croatia and Romania.
In Poland, the soldiers will support the interest of Nato allies and participate in training exercises with Nato partners.
Nato’s eFP mission is an allied, forward-deployed defence and deterrence posture intended to safeguard and reassure security of Nato’s Eastern member states.