American Soldiers Meet With Residents of Bydgoszcz and Elbląg!

The 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (3/2CR) is conducting a tactical road march with over 800 Troops to Orzysz, Poland from Rose Barracks, Germany in support of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). They are replacing 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (2/2CR), which was the first American unit deployed to Poland as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) initiative. Both units’ goal is to be ready to “fight tonight” to help ensure the defense of Poland‎.

On their way to Orzysz, The 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (3/2CR) soldiers will meet with Poles twice: in Bydgoszcz Soldiers will take part in NATO day on Saturday October 14th (Wyspa Młyńska, between 11 AM and 5 PM) and in Elbląg on October 15th (Old Town, Brama Targowa, between 12 PM and 4 PM). Residents of both cities will have a chance to talk to American soldiers, see their equipment and see what their vehicles look like inside. The road march and events in Bydgoszcz and Elbląg will also include a contingent from the United Kingdom

NATO deployed approximately four thousand multinational troops to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in late March 2016 as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) initiative.  These deployments fulfill the commitment agreed to by Allies at the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw.  The  four eFP framework countries—Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States—have committed to leading a multinational battlegroup in Eastern Europe, establishing eight new headquarters to facilitate training as well as deter and defend .

NATO’s eFP is a clear demonstration of solidarity and determination to defend Allied territory against possible aggression.  The deployment is defensive, proportionate, and conforms to the Article V commitment of the treaty to prevent conflict, protect our Allies, and preserve peace throughout the region.

More information about eFP can be found here
More information about the second rotation in Poland for Enhanced Forward Presence can be found here