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EUCOM Announces European Reassurance Initiative Implementation Plan

STUTTGART, Germany – As part of the United States commitment to increased assurance and deterrence, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) to the European theater in February 2017, bringing the total Army presence in Europe up to three fully-manned Army brigades.

As discussed during the announcement of the Fiscal Year 2017 European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) budget proposal, the Army has decided to begin storing “static” equipment, known as Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS), within Europe for contingency operations.

General Phil Breedlove, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) commander said, “This is a big step in enhancing the Army’s rotational presence and increasing their combat equipment in Europe. This Army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO Allies and Partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. This means our Allies and Partners will see more capability - they will see a more frequent presence of an armored brigade with more modernized equipment in their countries.”

The ABCTs will be on nine-month rotations from the U.S. and will bring their own modern equipment to conduct exercises across Atlantic Resolve countries. These rotations will demonstrate our ability to rapidly deploy equipment and forces to Europe by sending U.S.-based rotational forces with their currently assigned equipment. This equipment will be the most modernized the Army has to offer and over the next year will replace the current training equipment in Europe.

When the first rotational armored brigade combat team arrives early next year, the equipment currently used by rotational forces, known as the European Activity Set (EAS), will remain in Europe, be repaired, upgraded, and converted into the core of the APS we announced in February. We plan to have APS stored in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

This equipment will enable rapid deployment of ground forces in response to contingencies throughout the region. It provides additional combat power, if and when needed.

By the end of 2017, there will be a continuous presence of three fully equipped Army Brigade Combat Teams (one Armored, one Airborne, one Stryker); one prepositioned set of combat-ready equipment sufficient to support another Armored Brigade Combat Team; as well as division-level enablers in Europe.

Gen. Breedlove, is attending the Northern European Chiefs of Defense Conference in Riga, Latvia this week, where he is meeting with regional counterparts to reassure Allies of EUCOM’s commitment and support to regional security.

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US EUCOM Posture Statement 2016

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES

STATEMENT OF GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE

COMMANDER, U.S. FORCES EUROPE

As I arrive at the end of my assignment as both Commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and Supreme Allied Commander for Europe (SACEUR), I have had no greater honor in my 39-year career than to lead the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians of EUCOM. These remarkable men and women continue to serve not only in the EUCOM theater, but put themselves in harm’s way across the globe and I thank this Committee for its continued support to them and all our nation’s armed forces. I cannot overemphasize how important European nations, in particular our NATO Allies and non-NATO partners, are to ensuring America’s security and safety. Continue reading

Commission selects “Weight of Sacrifice” design concept for WWI Memorial in DC

 

By Chris Isleib
Public Affairs Officer, World War One Centennial Commission

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission picked last week ‘THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” for the new national World War I Memorial project.

Many countries within the U.S. European Command will be hosting multiple events starting later this year and lasting throughout 2017 to commemorate World War I.

“THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” was selected from a group of five Finalists, and culminates an open, international design competition that has run since May, 2015. The Commission’s decision endorses the recommendation of the design competition’s independent jury.

“We were thrilled by the quality and creativity by all the submissions in this competition” stated Commissioner Edwin Fountain, who directed the competition. “This selected design concept reflects a high level of professional achievement”.

Imagery of “THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE”, and of the other four Finalists, can be found here: www.ww1cc.org/selection

 

The design concept was submitted by Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL, and collaborating artist, veteran sculptor Sabin Howard, of New York, NY. Mr. Weishaar, received his professional architecture degree at the University of Arkansas in 2013.

Mr. Weishar’s full professional team, necessary to implement the design concept, includes the Baltimore architectural firm GWWO, Inc;, landscape architect Phoebe Lickwar; and engineering consultants Henry Adams LLC, Keast & Hood and VBH.