Polish President Andrzej Duda will watch the launch of Polish-American military exercises in Żagań, western Poland, on Monday. Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, US Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones, as well as the Deputy Commander of US forces in Europe, General Timothy Ray, and the commanding general of the US Army in Europe, General Ben Hodges, will also attend the start of the training of the US Armored Brigade Combat Team and the Polish Armoured Cavalry Division at 11am.
“Today’s exercises are the first test of the capabilities of the allied army,” said Major Artur Pinkowski, spokesman for the 11th Lubuska Armoured Cavalry Division.
The US soldiers arrived in Poland earlier in January and are mostly stationed in Żagań. The American brigade in Poland comprises some 3,500 soldiers and over 1,000 vehicles including Abrams tanks, Bradley military vehicles and Paladin self-propelled howitzers.
The US brigade is stationed in Poland on a rotating basis as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, aimed at strengthening NATO’s eastern flank.