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Ramping up in Europe

The map of the U.S. military footprint in Europe is shifting as post-Cold-War-era calm seems to be ending, with new threats originating from the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the deepening crisis in Ukraine is making NATO's newest members nervous and prompting U.S. European Command to push east to new locations; while a few long-standing bases in southern Europe are assuming new strategic importance. Some of the locations that are acquiring a higher profile and deeper importance, marked in red, and EUCOM's other principal installations, marked in yellow:

Map by: John Bretschneider

  1. Two C-130Js from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, land at Powidz Air Base, Poland, on Aug. 14. Staff Sgt. Jarad Denton/Air Force

    New rotation arrives for exercises in Poland

    Approximately 75 airmen and two C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, arrived Thursday at Powidz Air Base, Poland, for exercises with Poland and neighboring Baltic States.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  2. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and chief of the U.S. European Command, said new missions to keep U.S. ground troops and aircraft in Eastern Europe are putting a strain on his current force of about 67,000 troops. Yves Logghe / AP

    EUCOM chief: Time to stop the drawdown in Europe

    The top U.S. commander in Europe said he will probably need more troops to counter the renewed military threat from Russia that is roiling the far eastern region of Europe.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  3. The U.S. Air Force plans to temporarily deploy a quartet of B-52s to Europe one day after President Obama announced he would increase the U.S. military presence in the region. A1C Andrew Crawford/Air Force

    U.S. deploys B-52s to Europe

    The U.S. Air Force plans to temporarily deploy heavy bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons to Europe one day after President Obama announced he would increase the U.S. military presence in the region.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  4. Gen. Philip Breedlove talks during a 2013 press conference. ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images

    Breedlove: NATO must take a 'hard look' at force array in Europe

    NATO needs to look at how its forces are positioned in Europe in response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, head of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, tweeted recently.

    • May. 9, 2014
  5. Paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) board a C-130J Super Hercules on April 26 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, destined for Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania. Staff Sgt. Sara Keller / Air Force

    U.S. commandos head to Baltics, Europe for training

    About 200 U.S. special operations forces and support staff will be participating in training exercises across Europe and the three Baltic nations in the coming months as part of America's ongoing effort to reassure allies in the region.

    • May. 8, 2014
  6. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks May 7 at a joint news conference with Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter in the Kremlin in Moscow. Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy. Sergei Karpukhin / AP

    Putin: Russian troops withdrawn from Ukraine border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for a delay in Sunday's referendum on autonomy in southeastern Ukraine and said Russia has withdrawn troops from the Ukraine border.

    • May. 7, 2014
  7. A Russian technician of the Russian Space Agency watches a monitor during the inauguration of a system for monitoring and correction, part of the Russian Global System of Satellite Navigation. Pedro Ladeira / Getty Images

    House panel raises concerns about Russian satellite monitoring sites

    The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday called on U.S. national security officials to report back on the threat posed by Russian satellite monitoring stations.

    • May. 7, 2014
  8. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Paul J. Richards/AFP

    Pentagon beefs up aid to Ukraine

    It's not F-16s or Patriot missiles but it beats the beef BBQ and vegetarian taco pasta in the MREs the Pentagon has been providing Ukraine's embattled military.

    • May. 7, 2014
  9. Schissler Air Force

    General calls for allied strategy in any 'show of force' in Europe

    Should the U.S. decide to conduct a 'show of force' in Europe, European allies should do the same, a top U.S. Air Force official assigned to NATO said Tuesday.

    • May. 6, 2014
  10. A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) Efrem Lukatsky / AP

    EUCOM dismisses reports of secret U.S. base in Crimea

    Military officials in Europe are pushing back against reports the U.S. was conducting humanitarian assistance projects in Crimea as a ruse to establish a military base in the region.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  11. Two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade pick up 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) soldiers during an exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany on March 28. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson/Army

    4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe

    The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the U.K. and the U.S. conduct a convoy June 10 into the field-training portion of Exercise Saber Strike in Latvia. The U.S. is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. U.S. Army

    U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  13. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 use a heavy roller to finish the ground work in March at Deveselu Air Base, Romania, home of the first of two European Aegis Ashore locations. Navy

    Navy's European missile sites move forward

    The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  14. Top left: An F-15 lands in Lithuania in preparation for the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top right: The destroyer Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, in February. Bottom left: A U.S. airman signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 in Spain in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR). Defense Department

    U.S. military shifting gears in Europe

    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.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis served as commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Europe. Army

    Ex-EUCOM chief suggests possible shifts in forces

    Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis was the supreme allied commander in Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command from 2009 to 2013. Stavridis is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16.  Screenshot

    As tension with Russia flares, U.S. senators meet with Marines in Baltics

    United States Marines assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force, based at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania, wrapped up a 10-day exercise called Summer Shield with Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian troops on April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, provides a staging area for air mobility operations and sustainment for forward-based air power. Senior Airman/Marissa Tucker

    Explainer: Air Force units in Europe postured for crisis response

    U.S. Air Force units in Europe are strategically located to respond to crises, said Col. Kevin Fox, the strategy division chief for the Directorate of Plans, Programs and Analyses for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. U.S. soldiers continue to work closely alongside partner nations in Europe and leaders say they are ready for 'any contingency.' Markus Rauchenberger/Army

    Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances

    Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. A Slovenian soldier surveys a map as he and forces from U.S. Army plan an assault as part of a field training exercise in 2012. Despite the drawdown in Europe, there remain opportunities for NCOs, officers and their families. Spc. Lorenzo Ware/Army

    For U.S. troops, European tours come with career, quality-of-life perks

    Imagine going out to hunt wild boar in the forests of Germany, then celebrating with buddies at the local gasthaus, hoisting a brew that rivals any you can find in the States.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. An airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, talks with a Polish air force member at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Senior Airman Nathan Lipscomb/Air Force

    Air Force will fill central role as U.S. responds to Russian aggression

    When tension over the Russian invasion of Crimea rose to a boiling point in March, U.S. Air Force F-16s were called to Poland to beef up a long-standing presence in the region.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  21. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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