Russian Threat Looms: U.S. Air Defense Troops Train Fast Deployment in Poland

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By AP. U.S. air defense troops are training rapid deployment of Patriot missile launchers in Poland amid concerns that the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine is threatening the security in the region.

Some 100 U.S. troops and 30 vehicles from the 7th Air Defense Regiment are practicing with Poland’s troops at a test range in Sochaczew, near Warsaw. The exercise is aimed at showing the U.S. Army’s capacity to deploy Patriot systems rapidly within NATO territory.

Speaking in fluent Polish, U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull said Saturday that the U.S. is always ready to support Poland in times of need. (Read more from “U.S. Air Defense Troops Train Fast Deployment in Poland” HERE)


Georgia Guardsmen Train Jordanian Troops amid War with Islamic State

By Jeremy Redmon. Three dozen Georgia National Guardsmen returned this month from a secret mission in the Middle East, where they trained Jordanian troops amid the war against the Islamic State.

The Cumming-based 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade trained some of Jordan’s brigade and battalion-level commanders on planning missions and “battle-tracking.”

Jordanian troops — who have joined a coalition of more than 40 nations fighting the Islamic State — could use that training in a number of ways, including defending their borders against the jihadist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Col. Jeff Dickerson, the commander of the 560th, said the Jordanians he worked with were still upset about how Islamic State fighters burned alive a Jordanian military pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh. He was captured in December after his plane crashed while he was participating in the U.S.-led air campaign against the Sunni militant group. (Read more from this story HERE)

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