On March 1 U.S. Air Force transport airrcraft C-5 “Galaxy” delivered five U.S. Army UH-60 “Black Hawk” aircraft and soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Phoenix to Riga International Airport in support of Operation “Atlantic Resolve”.
Chief of Staff of Latvia Brig. Gen. Ivo Mogiļnijs, US Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Bikoff Petit, Maj. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa and Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty , the United States Army Europe, Deputy Chief of Staff participated in the arrival of next rotation.
“I am glad to welcome the next “Atlantic Resolve” rotation to Latvia, and looking forward to excellent cooperation with US soldiers in bilateral and international military exercises,” said Brig.Gen . Ivo Mogilnijs. “Less than three years ago we welcomed here the first rotation of US soldiers in the operation “Atlantic Resolve”.And since then US and Latvian soldiers have trained together in Adazi and Lielvarde, participated in military parades, as well as charity and sports events in all Latvia, building even stronger partnership and showing visibility. All of this has shown Latvians that we have strong, reliable partner – the U.S. “
Soldiers, pilots, crew chiefs, maintainers and aviation specialists from 10th Combat Aviation Brigade along with five “UH-60 Black Hawk” aircraft will be deployed to Lielvarde Air Base to conduct aviation operations in support of bilateral training and multinational exercises as part of “Operation Atlantic Resolve”.
Overall, the 10th CAB, out of Fort Drum, NY, is bringing approximately 2,200 Soldiers, 86 helicopters and more than 700 pieces of equipment through multiple ports from the U.S. to Germany, Latvia and Romania.
Task Force Phoenix, led by the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, is part of the first rotational combat aviation brigade deployed to provide a persistent presence in eastern Europe, a demonstration of U.S. and NATO Allies and partners’ commitment to Europe’s collective security.