Over 1,000 US servicemembers, DoD civilian employees and contractors are in the Republic of Georgia even as Russian attack aircraft and tanks continue their assault.
About 130 Americans are stationed in Georgia to train the Georgian armed forces for peacekeeping and anti-terrorist operations, including preparing units for deployment to Iraq.
Approximately 1,000 additional personnel from U.S. Army Europe’s Southern European Task Force, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the state of Georgia Army National Guard, Army Reserve, U.S. Marine Reserve, Sailors and Airmen are in Georgia for the Immediate Response 2008 multinational training exercise. Soldiers from other European nations participated in Immediate Response 08 as well.
While Operation Immediate Response 08 conculded on July 31, the American participants have not left Georgia yet. A US European Command spokesman states the US personnel are in the south of the Republic of Georgia, well away from the Russian invasion zone.
The spokesman, Lt. Col. John Dorrian, declined to say whether the US forces “level of involvement” in the Russian-Georgian conflict would change.
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