US affirms its NATO commitments
The United States will continue to show its commitment to NATO, a senior US Army commander said Thursday as a fresh batch of military helicopters arrived in Europe's largest port to bolster ongoing operations.
Colonel Geoff De Tingo said Wednesday when Rotterdam harbor saw the offloading of some 60 US Army Black Hawk and Chinook troop transport helicopters, belonging to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade based out of Fort Carson in Colorado.
The brigade is starting a nine-month rotation to Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve which since April 2014 has seen additional US troop and NATO deployments to the continent, aimed at reassuring eastern allies and after Russian actions in Ukraine.
Tingo said the US is practicing coming to Europe faster, to be able to come to the aid of its allies in response to any urgent need.