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A US Army tank driving off a ship at Riga, Latvia, during a training exercise conducted as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in March 2015

Operation Atlantic Resolve, though not a "named" operation, is ongoing efforts in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, mainly the War in Donbass. It is funded under the European Deterrence Initiative. In the wake of Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. took several immediate steps to enhance the deterrence posture along NATO's eastern flank, including augmenting the air, ground and naval presence in the region, and enhancing previously scheduled exercises. The U.S. is taking measures to enhance NATO military plans and defense capabilities and remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Central Europe and Eastern Europe.[1] Atlantic Resolve rotations are overseen by a regionally aligned headquarters there.[2]


Road marchEdit

In March 2015, a US Army spokesman in Wiesbaden announced that a convoy of armored fighting vehicles (including Strykers) would – after manoeuvres in Poland, Estonia and Lithuania – return via road to their garrison at Vilseck.[3] The road march started a week later.[4]


The aerial assets are mostly deployed to Ämari Air Base, Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport and Papa Air Base.

Air Force

The first aerial units were the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (159th EFS) with McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle's and the 123d EFS with F-15C's and a single F-15D from April 2015 who stayed for six months.[5]

This was added to by the following units:


As of January 2017 there are 3,500 troops from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles there. They initially gathered first in Poland, before spreading out across seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria. The ABCT is headquartered in Germany.[17] An ABCT will constantly rotate deployment every nine months. The equipment will be permanently based in Żagań in western Poland alongside a Polish armored division.[18] This unit has been replaced by 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in September 2017.[19] AS of May 2018, the rotational force has changed to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.[20]


Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka (center) speaks with a member of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment during his visit to the convoy in Prague on 31 March 2015.

82% of Czechs approved and supported the US Army-NATO convoy that partook in Operation Dragoon Ride, according to an opinion poll that was conducted by the independent STEM agency in 2015.[21]

A NATO deployment in the early January 2017 was welcomed by Polish officials who described it as a necessary response to Russian military exercises near its border and its military intervention in Ukraine and members of the public as the materiel crossed into south-western Poland from Germany.[22][23][24][25] The same deployment sparked protests in Germany and prompted a critical reaction among the country’s centre-left political parties, but was defended by the country’s ruling Christian Democrat Party (CDU) coalition and German military officials.[26][27] An article about the deployment that was published by the Donbas News International (DNI) agency and its subsequent circulation in the Western conspiracy-theory cybersphere and Russian mediasphere was cited as an example of the creation and spread of fake news.[28] An editorial by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cautioned anyone against using the deployment as a domestic political tool.[29]


  1. ^ U.S. European Command. "OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Atlantic Resolve builds readiness, increases interoperability and enhances the bonds between ally and partner militaries with multinational training events in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
  3. ^ "Übung "Atlantic Resolve": US-Armee schickt Schützenpanzer durch östliche Nato-Mitgliedstaaten". SPIEGEL ONLINE. 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Solidaritätsaktion: Amerikaner starten "Straßenmarsch" durch Osteuropa". SPIEGEL ONLINE. 22 March 2015.
  5. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. June 2015. p. 46.
  6. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. April 2015. p. 10.
  7. ^ a b c AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2015. p. 15.
  8. ^ "74th EFS completes 'far-reaching' European deployment". USAF. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. May 2016. p. 12.
  10. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. October 2016. p. 95.
  11. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. September 2016. p. 30.
  12. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. October 2016. p. 10.
  13. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. October 2017. p. 16.
  14. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. February 2018. p. 14.
  15. ^ "Army taps Fort Hood aviation unit for Europe deployment". Stars and Stripes. March 5, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "1st Combat Aviation Brigade rotation to arrive in Europe". Stars and Stripes. March 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Jon Sharman (7 January 2017). "Biggest shipment of American tanks since the Cold War lands in Germany". The Independent. Howitzers and fighting vehicles will be joined by thousands of infantry troopers...unloaded in German port of Bremerhaven...
  18. ^ Gnauck, Gerhard (13 January 2017). "US forces in Poland: Here to stay". DW. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  19. ^ Vandiver, John (13 September 2017). "US New tank brigade arrives in Europe for mission in the east". Stars and Striples. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  20. ^ Morris, Will (22 May 2018). "Fort Hood armored brigade arrives in Europe, ready to roll into Poland". Stars and Striples. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Dragouni odjeli. Američané zamávali v Rozvadově a vyrazili domů". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDNES. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  22. ^ Pearse, Damien. "Poland welcomes 3,500 US troops amid fears over Russia aggression". Sky News. Sky News.
  23. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (12 January 2017). "Russia says US troops arriving in Poland pose threat to its security". The Guardian. The Guardian.
  24. ^ "US tanks and troops in Poland a threat, Russia says". BBC. BBC. 12 January 2017.
  25. ^ Gera, Vanessa (14 January 2017). "'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes US troops". AP. AP.
  26. ^ ROGERS, JON (Jan 9, 2017). "'Tanks do not create peace' Germany fumes at huge build-up of tanks at Russian borders". Daily Express. Daily Express.
  27. ^ Scally, Derek (Jan 6, 2017). "Nato deployment begins against possible Russian aggression". The Irish Times.
  28. ^ Nimmo, Ben. "Three thousand fake tanks". Medium. Medium.
  29. ^ "Troop movements: Curious timing for U.S. and NATO border buildup". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 10, 2017.

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