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Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division take part in mechanical breaching training with their Polish Allies during a combined training event in Southeastern Poland.

Thousands of troops are still deployed to Europe for Ukraine response

By Meghann Myers

 July 27, 2022

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division take part in mechanical breaching training with their Polish Allies during a combined training event in Southeastern Poland, March 3, 2022.

It’s been five months since the U.S. military began mobilizing troops to central and eastern Europe in response to Russia’s build-up to and then invasion of Ukraine. What once looked like an inevitable toppling of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government has become a mostly contained battle for Ukraine’s Donbas region, but thousands of U.S. troops activated to back up NATO countries are still deployed, just in case.

Out of roughly 15,000 troops who mobilized around Europe earlier this year, more than 10,000 remain, including an Army armored brigade and pilots, maintainers and staff for dozens of fighter aircraft.

“In addition to President Biden’s announcement of additional long-term commitments to bolster European security at the NATO Summit in Madrid, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently decided to extend or replace the majority of our ‘surge force’ in Europe,” Marine Lt. Col. Tony Semelroth, a Defense Department spokesman, told Military Times on July 21. “This decision ensures a robust deterrent and defensive posture alongside our Allies across the continent.”

Some units have gone home for good, according to numbers provided by U.S. Transportation Command. They include 1,000 members of the Germany-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment, who mobilized to Romania in March, as well as 800 paratroopers from the Italy-based 173 Airborne Brigade Combat Team, who spent time in Latvia.

After extending them in April, 150 members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s headquarters staff have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from Germany, to be replaced by the 101st Airborne Division, which the Pentagon announced in May.