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USAREUR Commander Lieutenant General Ben Hodges met with his soldiers in Rukla


On November 24 Commander of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Ben Hodges paid a call on U.S. troops deployed for combined training with Lithuanian and Hungarian military in Rukla, Lithuania. The General met with the U.S. soldiers and observed them training at the Gaižiūnų Training Area.


Lieutenant General Ben Hodges also discussed cooperation and joint military training with Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika.


In Kaunas Lt Gen B. Hodges laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier thus paying tribute to the memory of soldiers fallen for the freedom of Lithuania, and visited Vytautas the Great War Museum.


USAREUR Commander Lt Gen Ben Hodges conducted the visit in Lituahia at the invitation of the Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika.


The U.S. company of the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army Europe, comprising roughly 150 soldiers and currently serving in Rukla, Lithuania, will be replaced by a new U.S. rotation in the beginning of next year.


The rotating U.S. contingents have been deployed in the Baltic States and Poland since April as a response to the changed security situation after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Roughly 140 Hungarian soldiers were also deployed in Lithuania in October as an effort to enhance NATO security in the Baltic region.


U.S. and Hungarian military and an assigned company of the Lithuanian Land Force are conducting combined training and exercises in Lithuania as a battalion-sized NATO unit.


Allied forces conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission have been augmented, multinational exercises in the region have been intensified, and Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) is constantly taking part in maritime training events in the Baltic Sea as a result of the increased tension of the security situation in the Baltic region.


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