Can you catch the cavalry?

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Members of the public will have a rare chance to get close to some of the most formidable military hardware in the NATO alliance in coming days with the movement of around 40 US Army vehicles through Latvia in what's being dubbed the "Dragoon Ride".  

On 22 and 23 March more than 40 different units, including 20 "Stryker" APCs of the US Second Cavalry will cross Latvia from Estonia before heading on to Lithuania, Poland and Germany. 

March 22 will see the armored column move from Ainazi on Latvia's northern border to Riga, stopping en route at Jelgavkrasti and Saulkrasti.

Then on the morning of March 23, they will be on the move again towards Bauska, stopping on the way at Iecava.

The Dragoon Ride starts March 21 in Estonia and ends in Germany, where the 2nd Cavalry will conclude their participation in Operation Atlantic Resolve, NATO's effort to reinforce and reassure the Baltic states and Poland.

In total the Dragoon Ride will cover 1800 km and last 10 days, testing the tactical mobility and involving exercises along the way including helicopter support. 

Drivers along the route are being asked to keep an eye open and obey traffic instructions where appropriate.

If you see an armored column approaching in your rear view mirror, it's probably a good idea to do what they say.

The public will be able to learn more about the equipment and the men that operate it at Jelgavkrasti on March 22 from 1200-1245, at Saulkrasti between 1330-1500 and in Riga (Deglava iela 67) from 1500-1700.

On March 23 early risers can catch the Dragoon Ride in Iecava from 0800-0900.

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