Dragoon Crossing: The River

Have you ever watched partnership unfold like this?

Filmed and posted by the US Embassy in Budapest, this video shows the Hungarian Defense Force setting up a bypass bridging site for the American soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 4th Division/2nd Cavalry crossing over a portion of the Danube River in Hungary as part of Exercise #DragoonCrossing. 

The American soldiers traveled from Rose Barracks, Germany, through the Czech and Slovak Republics, ending the tactical vehicle convoy in Hungary, Sept. 13-17.

This event allowed Soldiers from Task Force Saber to demonstrate the NATO Alliance’s operational freedom of movement while helping to build good will and camaraderie with the local populations throughout the different countries.

(Information courtesy of the US Embassy in Budapest and U.S. Army Sgt. William A. Tanner, 2CR public affairs print journalist.)

STATEMENT: EUCOM Commander Announces Support of Personnel Recovery Operations

STUTTGART, Germany – General Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command, recently made this announcement during his visit to Washington D.C. today.

“The U.S. Air Force has begun staging small detachments of aircraft and airmen at Diyarbakir Air Base in southeast Turkey to enhance Coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. Diyarbakir Air Base is a Turkish base home to the Turkish air force’s 8th Air Wing. The Republic of Turkey and the U.S. are long-time NATO Allies and the U.S. Air Force has a long history of working alongside our Turkish allies. This deployment will enable us to better assist with recovery of our Coalition partners should they need assistance in Syria or Iraq. We will be guests of the Government of Turkey at Diyarbakir Air Base; there are no plans for a permanent U.S. presence at this location. This marks yet another successful cooperative effort between the Turkish and U.S. militaries.”

RELEASE: MQ-1 Predators Arrive in Europe

STUTTGART, Germany — Two MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) and approximately 70 Airmen from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing of the Texas Air National Guard based at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, deployed to Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia over the weekend. This temporary deployment of aircraft and personnel, which continues through mid-September, will test the unit’s ability to forward deploy RPAs and conduct air operations in an effort to help assure our Latvian allies, NATO allies and European partners of our commitment to regional security and stability.

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