US sends National Guard soldiers based in Syracuse to help train Ukrainian army

Syracuse, NY – More than 100 National Guard soldiers based in Syracuse are heading to Germany to help train Ukraine’s military.

One hundred and forty soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team departed Friday for Fort Bliss, Texas, to prepare for a trip to Europe, according to a news release from the U.S. Division of Military and Naval Affairs. New York State.

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, then in Germany in February after Russia began to report its invasion.

The Syracuse-based soldiers are expected to replace their predecessors in September after completing training in Texas, Division of Military and Naval Affairs officials said.

The New York and Florida teams are part of a multinational training group that formed in 2015, DMNA said.

The United States sent troops overseas to help train Ukrainians in waves that also included teams from Oklahoma and Tennessee, according to DMNA. Canada, Lithuania, Denmark, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom also contributed to the training, officials said.

“U.S. military units are supporting training to strengthen relationships and affirm U.S. commitment to European partners,” officials said in the statement.

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