Image Copyright: Defense Department
By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer
The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO’s perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.
Amid reports of gunfire and Russian troops seizing numerous towns in eastern Ukraine, the NATO alliance announced that the U.S. and its allies will be putting “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land.”
“There has been a dynamic change in Europe,” Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the four-star Supreme Allied Commander Europe and chief of U.S. European Command, said April 16 in Brussels.