|173rd Soldiers in Latvia. Photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah.|
The caption for the video from the 24th Press Camp Headquarters noted that “[p]aratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade” took part in the training, and that the 173rd Airborne Brigade “is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, and is capable of projecting forces to conduct a full range of military operations across the United States European, Central and Africa Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours.”
The Obama regime’s decision to conduct this training in one of the Baltic states is very significant. Army Contingency Response Force units are designed to act as rapid response forces in emergency situations—including combat operations situations. With the Baltic states always being leery of Russian intentions towards them, and with the continued anger between the U.S. and Russia over the 2016 presidential election, this training right next to Russia surely sends a hostile signal to the Russian government.
President-elect Donald Trump will inherit ever-growing tensions between the two nations when he takes office in the next few days.