LTG Hodges: Next year will be called "the year of integration" #StrongEurope @USArmyEurope
WASHINGTON -- Next year will be called "the year of integration," where the U.S. will work even harder to improve interoperability with all NATO allies as well as other partners such as Sweden and Finland, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. The commander of U.S. Army Europe said 2017 has been a "year of implementation," meaning initiating rotational armored brigade combat teams and combat aviation brigades, emplacing Army preposition stocks, and standing up an enhanced forward-presence battle group in Poland. That implementation was a direct result of decisions reached by NATO at the 2016 Warsaw Summit, which was in essence a transition from assuring allies to deterring would-be aggressors, he said. Hodges and three European allies spoke at a press briefing at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 11. Besides working on interoperability, Hodges said...