Rotations of the U.S. battalion deployed at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė are changing over. Military personnel and equipment of the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, or 1-66, that trained in Lithuania from July, will be replaced by U.S. Army service members and equipment of the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Task Force , 1st Infantry Division (Steel Dragon) and the 2nd Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Ghost Battalion).
The new U.S. rotation brings along M109A6 Paladin self-propelled 155 mm howitzers, M1A2 Abrams tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M1068A3 armored carrier vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and every other military equipment up to the task by trucks from Poland.
The rotational presence of U.S. Army troops has been maintained in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe since spring 2014 as part of U.S. Army Operation in the eastern part of the Alliance, Atlantic Resolve, in demonstration of the U.S. collective defence commitment to NATO Allies and as an assurance in the wake of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. .
Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė | Lithuanian Armed Forces