MT @USAGBavaria 173rd Airborne troops arrive in Ukraine for Fearless Guardian
YAVORIV, Ukraine (April 16, 2015) -- About 300 paratroopers, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, arrived at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, April 14 - 15, to begin a six-month training rotation with Ukrainian national guard forces, here. "The 173rd Airborne Brigade is here to train with Ukrainian forces," said Maj. Jose Mendez, a brigade operations officer. "We will be conducting classes on war-fighting functions, as well as training to sustain and increase the professionalism and proficiency of military staffs." The training, known as Fearless Guardian, is for the newly-formed national guard under the congressionally-approved Global Contingency Security Fund. Under the program, the United States will begin training three battalions of Ukrainian troops during the six-month period. Two companies, from the brigade and a battalion staff, will train two Ukrain...