10,000 US troops spread out across Europe
According to official statement from U.S. In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 and recent guidance by the Secretary of Defense, they have modified exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 in size and scope. As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States has ceased to Europe. The health, safety and readiness of our military, civilians, and family members are our paramount concern.
In fact most of 20,000 American soldiers and their equipment scheduled to come to Europe as part of the Defender-Europe 20 military exercise are already here, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said in an interview with the Wprost weekly.
said the Army had already deployed roughly 6,000 soldiers and 3,000 pieces of equipment from the U.S. beginning in January in support of the Defender Europe exercise, and also deployed a Brigade Combat Team and a Division-sized headquarters.
Fact Sheet about 20,000 service members from the continental U.S. and 9,000 U.S. service members based in Europe will participate in the exercise.
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