US sends Syracuse-based National Guard soldiers to help train Ukrainian military
syracuse.com July 16, 2022
Syracuse, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — More than 100 Syracuse-based National Guard soldiers are headed to Germany to help train the Ukrainian military.
One-hundred-forty soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team left Friday for Fort Bliss, Texas, to prepare for a trip to Europe, according to a news release by the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs.
The soldiers from Syracuse’s 27th Infantry Brigade will replace 160 soldiers from Florida, who have been training Ukrainian military personnel since November — first in western Ukraine and then in Germany in February after Russia began signaling it would invade.
The Syracuse-based soldiers are expected to replace their predecessors in September, after they’ve completed training in Texas, officials for the Division of Military & Naval Affairs said.
The teams from New York and Florida are a part of a multinational training group that formed in 2015, the DMNA said.
The U.S. has been sending troops overseas to help train Ukrainians in waves that have also included teams from Oklahoma and Tennessee, according to the DMNA. Canada, Lithuania, Denmark, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom have also helped in the training, officials said.
“United States military units support the training to strengthen relationships and affirm the United States’ commitment to European partners,” officials said in the release.
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