8,500 U.S. troops were put on heightened alert earlier this week for potential deployment to Ukraine if Russia invades. The Pentagon said these troops would come from 10 domestic military bases Thursday.
The ready force includes the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps members at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and troops with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The alert order included Arizona, Texas, Washington, Louisiana, Georgia, and Ohio bases.
“These units, all told, include medical support, aviation support, logistics support, and, of course, combat formations,” John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, said.
Most of the troops would be part of the NATO Response Force (a multinational land, air, maritime and special operations force of 40,000). No deployment has been ordered; the U.S. and its allies hope to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin from conflict with Ukraine.
“We still don’t believe that there’s been a final decision by Mr. Putin to launch another invasion. We still believe here at the department that there is time and space for diplomacy,” John Kirby said.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he responded to Russia with a “serious diplomatic path forward should Russia choose it.” He added that Putin must end his aggression toward Ukraine and seriously discuss European security.
Troops On Alert For Deployment To Ukraine
However, a resolution is nowhere in sight as tensions rises. Russia hasn’t relieved its demands for Ukraine to never be part of the NATO alliance.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a total of 8,500 troops to be on alert for rapid deployment. Kirby said the number of potentially deployed troops could grow; it all depends on the unfolding crisis.
The bases that are on the alert to send troops are Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Carson, Colorado; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Robins Air Force Base and Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
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