The soldiers of the United States Army's 1st Cavalry Division that are currently stationed in Latvia will be replaced by soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in the second week of January, as the rotation of US troops is expected to continue in Latvia also in 2015.
As part of the ongoing rotation of US troops, the servicemen of the 1st Cavalry Division that have been stationed at the Camp Adazi outside Riga since early October are being replaced by soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment equipped with Stryker armored vehicles. The rotation of that unit, whose is based at the Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, is due to be completed in the second week of January.
Advance elements of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment have already arrived in Latvia and are now planning the arrival of their colleagues, as well as joint training exercises with troops of the Latvian National Armed Forces. The rotation of the contingent deployed to the Baltic states and Poland is scheduled to continue also in 2015, when troops of the 3rd Infantry Division are due to replace the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
The rotation of US troops is part of a US effort dubbed Operation Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic states and Poland, intended to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises.
Commenting on the rotation, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, U.S. Army Europe commander said, “As the main enabler for NATO land forces in the U.S. European Command, we are absolutely committed to assuring and defending our NATO allies. We’ve been executing Army operations with a combination of forward stationed and rotational forces since early spring of 2014. “Our commitment to each other and interoperability are stronger than ever. U.S. Army Europe is the leadership laboratory for the Army as we have the unique advantage of working side by side with our Allies and partners every day.””
On October 2, the 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army arrived in Latvia with five Abrams tanks and 12 Bradely armored vehicles within framework of Atlantic Resolve.