U.S. soldiers will present equipment and weaponry displays in towns and cities of Lithuania as they are headed back to their permanent station in Germany
Soldiers of the rotating U.S. forces have finished their combined training in the Baltic States and are now heading back to their permanent base in Germany with their military materiel by overland route.
On their way back to Vilseck on March 22-28 the soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army in Europe, will stop by in Alytus, Kaunas, Saločiai, Pasvalys, Panevėžys, Marijampolė and Vilnius where they are going to communicate with people, present and show round their weaponry and equipment together with Lithuanian military.
At the meetings with the U.S. and Lithuanian military the public will be able to take a closer look the STRYKER infantry fighting vehicles, the HMMWV armoured personnel carriers, the SISU recovery trucks, as well as other sorts of equipment.
The Browning M2HB heavy machine guns, the MK 19 and the GMG grenade launchers, the G-36 and the M4 assault rifles, the FN MAG, the M240L, and the M249 light and medium weight machine guns, and the Glock-17 pistols are among the things residents and guests of Lithuanian and cities will be invited to see at the events arranged by Lithuanian and U.S. soldiers.
According to Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika, the way the U.S. soldiers have arranged their return to their permanent stations after the completion of their rotation, is another opportunity for our soldiers to train with U.S. allies and to put to test their abilities to arrange Host Nation Support.
“We are organising and inviting people to attend such events and meet our and allied troops not only to demonstrate that we are there for them but also for giving a chance to see and meet our and allies soldiers, to communicate and to see military equipment and weaponry,” Major General A.Leika says.
The U.S. soldiers’ return to the permanent station by overland route also serves as a part of training; their ability to redeploy quickly and over long distances by land is demonstrated.
Throughout the U.S. soldiers’ journey over the territory of Lithuania, the column of armoured vehicles will be also escorted by the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade’s AH-64 Apache, UH – 60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
The U.S. military will travelling via roads from Saločiai through Panevėžys, Kaunas, Marijampolė, and from Jonava through Vilnius and Alytus, so drivers are invited to expect to see columns of military vehicles this weekend and in the beginning of next week.
The Military Police of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will escort the columns to ensure safety.
The Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, is replaced by a new rotation of U.S. military from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army in Europe, which is already amidst combined training with Lithuanians.
by Andrius Dilda | Lithuanian Land Force | Photos © by Alfredas Pliadis
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