US Army to build equipment site in Latvia by the end of 2016

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The US Army is to build heavy equipment caches in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. The construction will be finished by the end of 2016, ideally September, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of US Army Europe said at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

The maintenance sites for what the Army is calling European Activity Sets will be built up to respond to Russia’s continuing incursion into Ukraine, reported ERR via Defense News.

When the US Army brigades currently based in Europe complete their rotation, their equipment will stay behind in the new facilities for the next arriving unit to use.

Activity sets are "separate sets of equipment outside of prepositioned stocks that are placed around the world to support regionally aligned forces and tailored to meet combatant commanders' needs in specific regions".

According to Hodges, the equipment for the heavy brigade combat team in Europe now consists of about 1,300 vehicles, including tanks, Bradleys and Paladin Howitzers.

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