US Mulls Sending National Guard to Eastern Europe

The National Guard Bureau has been discussing possibilities of sending its part-time troops to Eastern Europe amid the continuing war in Ukraine.

The United States deployed thousands of its troops in February and March and has extended its initial 90-day commitment. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin extended deployments for the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, and the Truman carrier strike group at the end of March.

Army Gen. Dan Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the National Guard has been working closely with the Army and the Air Force to identify units where the Guards will fit in. He also said that the talks included a possible rotational plan.

“And I think the message I got from every adjutant general when they looked at this, is we are all in ― the National Guard is all and to help in any way we can,” Hokanson said.

There are currently 2,000 Guard troops in Europe, many of whom already had rotation schedules even before the war.

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