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Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Webb is briefed during a V Corps exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Oct. 4, 2021. The unit, which is the U.S. Army's forward deployed corps in Europe, became fully operational Nov. 3, 2021.
Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Webb is briefed during a V Corps exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Oct. 4, 2021. The unit, which is the U.S. Army's forward deployed corps in Europe, became fully operational Nov. 3, 2021. (Devin Klecan/U.S. Army)

The Army’s new V Corps, responsible for overseeing units operating up and down NATO’s eastern flank in Europe, was declared “fully operationally capable” Wednesday during a ceremony at its main headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky.

The unit, which also has a forward-based headquarters in Poznan, Poland, was re-established last year in an effort to add more command-and-control capabilities to the Army’s expanding mission in Europe.

Among the headquarters’ tasks will be managing the day-to-day operations of soldiers involved in Atlantic Resolve, a mission focused on deterring potential Russian aggression in places like the Baltics and Poland.

V Corps, commanded by Lt. Gen. John Kolasheski, consists of 200 soldiers in Poland and 400 based in Kentucky.

Thursday’s ceremony was officiated by U.S. Forces Command’s Gen. Michael X. Garrett.

V Corps’ history in Europe dates to World War I. It was a fixture in Germany throughout the Cold War but was deactivated in 2013 as part of the Army’s gradual drawdown in Europe.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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