Update, 5 p.m.: The 101st Airborne forces going to Europe will replace 82nd Airborne forces coming back to the United States, according to Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby.
“These deployments are one-for-one unit replacements, which leaves our overall force posture in the region – approximately 100,000 — unchanged,” he said at a Pentagon news conference. “The units being replaced will return to their home stations following a proper turnover of responsibilities.”
The 101st Airborne Division Headquarters will replace the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters in the European Command area of responsibility. This will involve 500 soldiers.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st will deploy approximately 4,200 soldiers to replace the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd in Poland.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Elements of the 101st Airborne Division has been ordered to Europe to support the NATO response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The 101st Headquarters and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team have been notified to begin movement to Europe as soon as this summer, according to a Pentagon announcement Friday afternoon.
Those units will join V Corps in support of the U.S. commitment to Europe and NATO allies.
“Over the last six months, we conducted two division-wide training exercises, greatly increasing the readiness of our soldiers, units, and families,” Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st, said in a news release. “As we have for the last 80 years, the 101st Airborne Division stands ready to deploy anywhere to support and defend the nation and our allies.
“The contributions and sacrifices that our families make in support of our soldiers are critical to our success,” said McGee. “They are an integral part of the Screaming Eagle team and we are committed to supporting them while deployed.
“Since D-Day, June 6, 1944, this division has repeatedly answered the nation’s call in every major conflict,” said McGee. “Once again Screaming Eagles head to Europe. The Screaming Eagles of today are ready to support our Allies to preserve the long-lasting stability in Europe that our predecessors fought and died to secure.”