According to a story that was published on Friday by CBS News, which cited the military leaders of the unit, the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Regiment would not hesitate to invade Ukraine in the event that a battle broke out between Russia and NATO. War drills are presently being run by the elite division in Romania, which is located quite near the NATO country’s border with Ukraine.
The leaders of the unit said to CBS that they are ready to enter into Ukraine in the event that the combat intensifies – although they did not elaborate on what exactly that’d entail – or maybe if NATO came under assault. They emphasized that the purpose of their present deployment in Europe, which is the first one since World War II, is “to safeguard NATO territory.”
“According to statements made by Former Commander Brig . gen. John Lubas to a television network, “We are prepared to defend each inch of NATO land.”
The 101st Airborne Battalion is currently conducting live-fire air and land assault drills in Romania as part of a joint exercise. As per Colonel Edwin Matthaidess, who serves as the Commander of the second Brigade Commando Unit, his division is the United States military component that is stationed the closest to the conflict that is taking place in Ukraine. He said that US forces have been “closely studying” the Russian military all while “creating goals to train against” and preparing the exercises to “replicate precisely what is going on.” He added that the drills have been organized to “replicate exactly what is going on.” “in Ukraine.
He continued by saying, “It kept us on our toes.”
There have been around 4,700 American troops sent to Europe, all of whom came out from the 101st Airborne Division’s home base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has made it very clear that it isn’t a participant in the war and that it would not deploy its soldiers into Ukraine. Late in the month of June, General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement that the coalition headed by the United States will dramatically boost the number of its soldiers on heightened alert from 40,000 to 300,000.
Since the beginning of Russia’s military campaign on Feb 24, Ukraine has got substantial military assistance from Allied nations, with billions of dollars worth of weapons and equipment pouring into the country. This aid is something that Russia has repeatedly criticized, but it has also been provided to the country.
The 101st Airborne Corps, widely known also as “Screaming Eagles,” does have a long and illustrious record of service in the armed forces. It also participated in the airborne actions that took place during the D-Day Normandy landings in 1944 and during the War of the Bulge, when it fought despite being completely surrounded by enemy forces. In addition to that, the unit saw action in the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.