The First Dragoon Ride of Many
3-16-15 #SJSreports
By: Zoƫ

            The U.S. Army is sending Stryker vehicles, 16-ton armored vehicles, on a convoy through Europe to show support for the countries that have gone through turmoil with Russia in the past few years. The trek, called a "Dragoon Ride" is the first NATO military display since Russia's attacks on Ukraine in late February. The convoy is an attempt to show solidarity with the NATO allies and it's pretty strange because usually, in convoys like this, Strykers are transported using rails but these are being driven. The Dragoon Ride is more than just a trek through Europe. Members of the U.S. Army will be participating in European training exercises, engage in local communities and learn about the culture of the countries that the stop in. This convoy will not the the only one the U.S does though. Dragoon Ride is the first in a series of displays under Operation Atlantic Resolve that are being done to show continuous support for the NATO allies. I predict that this will cause the U.S. to gain a stronger relationship with the European countries. I predict this because the U.S. is making an effort and that will probably be rewarded positively.

Lendon, Brad. "U.S. Army Sending Armored Convoy 1,100 Miles through Europe - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 14 Mar. 2015. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. <http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/13/world/army-convoy-through-europe/index.html>

Countries Russia has invaded are circled in red.

This picture is from European exercises that the U.S. troops have taken part in during the Dragoon Ride.

Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, go through a forest as a part of an exercise with Estonian Allies.

Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, go through a forest as a part of an exercise with Estonian Allies.

The Strykers "parading" in during the Dragoon Ride.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/dragoon-ride-will-send...

The U.S. Military's Website's article about the Dragoon Ride.

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http://military.trendolizer.com/2015/03/dragoon-ri...

A Military blog that links this news story to other.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/16/europe/russia-arctic...

An article about Russia's response to the Dragoon Ride.\

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/atlanti...

An article explaining Operation Atlantic Resolve.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragoon

A Wikipedia article about the history behind the Dragoon Ride.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014%E2%80%9315_Russi...

A Wikipedia article about the attacks on Ukraine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO

A Wikipedia article about NATO and what it does.

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