Message To Moscow – U.S. Reinforces Vulnerable Baltics With New Special Operations Base

U.S. Army Europe Images from Wiesbaden, Germany via Wikimedia Commons

As part of the Trump administration’s realignment of U.S. forces in Europe to better deter Russia, the Pentagon has just established a new special operations site in the Latvian capital of Riga. The site will allow U.S. special operators to expand operations throughout the vulnerable Baltic region in Russia’s front yard.

As Stars and Stripes notes:

The site is the latest example of steady U.S. military investment in the Baltic region, where the Pentagon has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past five years to improve military infrastructure and allow more drills to be carried out.

The Pentagon reportedly spent $3.7 million to build this new site through the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), the U.S. military program aimed at preventing Russian aggression on NATO’s eastern flank, reports Stripes.

The site in Latvia comes as the Pentagon completed $10.8 million in upgrades to Estonia’s Amari Air Base in July. That improved airbase in Estonia will now allow U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE) and NATO to fly more combat “aircraft from the northernmost of the Baltic states,” notes Stripes.

Lt. Col. Juan Martinez, a spokesman for Special Operations Command-Europe, said in a statement reported by Stars and Stripes, that the new site “includes a vehicle servicing facility, ammunition storage and two helipads for U.S. CV-22 aircraft from the United Kingdom-based 352nd Special Operations Wing.”

Martinez added that the “assets are designed to allow special operations forces to move rapidly in and out of the area and conduct maintenance.”

But there is more in store for U.S. forces in Latvia. According to Martinez, another site nearing completion in the small Baltic country will increase the amount of U.S. “gear and personnel that can move into the Baltic state for exercises, or in response to a crisis.”

These underreported developments demonstrate the U.S. determination to support NATO on the new front lines with Russia in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, and elsewhere as opposed to simply maintaining U.S. forces in the rear in Germany where they once faced a now non-existent Soviet threat.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
4 months ago

Not to worry folks.
Biden will give us all away.

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Biden already gave us all away

Shirline
Shirline
4 months ago

Everything President Trump does to help Americans will be STOLEN by a Biden Presidency!! Disgusting DemocRATS.

Roy
Roy
4 months ago

Owing to main stream media more than half of American’s have no idea what great works, to preserve our freedom and security, is attributed to president Trump. Through ignorance or intent, those we elect to congress and the entrenched deep state operatives really don’t give a damned about our country. Should Harris/Biden get in, we will either become Venezuela or we will make the purge that will be needed, a reality. Servitude or freedom.

FedUp
FedUp
4 months ago

LOVE President Trump! He always has the right answer for the problem. With GOD’S help we will win.

TheMadMan
TheMadMan
4 months ago

Russia is only the little guy we need to worry about. It is the Chinese Government as well as our own Democrat Party that will be lead by Joe Biden the other Communist in our Government. Once Biden gets in the White House and the Civil War starts Chin is planning to invade The United States this is true. But even if President Trump is out we all need to support David Purdue in Georgia. Why? Because if David Purdue can win in Georgia then we will have both the Congress as well as the Senate and then Creepy Joe Biden will then be a lame Duck and then he can’t do anything to further his evil Anti-American Agendas.

fabian
fabian
4 months ago

I spent 2 years of my youth defending my country against a potential invasion of the reds. Now it looks like we are working hard to prepare an invasion of the only white country in the world that is not red.

Alan
Alan
4 months ago

”These underreported developments demonstrate the U.S. determination to support NATO on the new front lines with Russia — in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, and elsewhere — as opposed to simply maintaining U.S. forces in the rear in Germany where they once faced a now non-existent Soviet threat.
Regarding this “now non existent Soviet threat” above mentioned, are you absolutely sure of than, and on what do you base your conclusions.

Mike W
Mike W
4 months ago

I guess Trump is NOT telling Putin – that “he will have more flexibility after the election”.

AtildHun
AtildHun
4 months ago

Putin and the Baltic should be the least of our worries. The U.S is on the verge of being overtaken by communists.


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