US Army deploys airborne troops to Ukraine

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will case their colors and deploy to Ukraine within days.

About 150 soldiers will deploy in mid-April, according to a Friday release from the 101st Airborne, and they are expected to be gone for nine months. They will replace the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which has been in Ukraine since last summer.

Soldiers from each of the brigade’s seven battalions will form Task Force Carentan. They are scheduled to case their colors April 12 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Their mission will be to advise and assist Ukrainian armed forces in developing the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in the western part of the country.

The mission is part of efforts to build up Ukraine’s defense and training capabilities though an initiative called the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine, the release said.

Task Force Carentan will help develop cadre, ranges and training areas. By training the trainers, they will move toward a goal of Ukraine’s forces taking full responsibility for training at the center next year.