FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) – About 160 troops from Fort Hood deployed Monday to help support NATO in Europe, the Army installation said.
The soldiers come from the III Armored Corps at Fort Hood and include those from the 96th Transportation Company, 297th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and 11th Corps Signal Brigade.
“These forces will augment US forces in the European theater and are trained and equipped for various missions to bolster US European Command’s posture on NATO’s eastern flank,” Fort Hood said Monday.
The soldiers are among 7,000 U.S. military personnel chosen to support the NATO Response Force announced on February 24. It was the first time in NATO’s history that the reaction force was activated to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
For the reaction force to be activated, all 30 NATO members had to approve, which they did at the end of last month.
“Our soldiers are trained and ready,” Col. Matthew Ruedi, deputy commander of 13th ESC, said in a press release. “Elements of our heavy transport company have deployed to Europe to reassure NATO allies, deter Russian aggression and stand ready to support a range of other operations in the region.”
Ruedi also said Fort Hood made sure the families of those soldiers were kept up to date on the deployment process and that communication with them was important.