Pentagon: U.S. airborne divisions among units on high alert for possible deployment to Europe

Pentagon: U.S. airborne divisions among units on high alert for possible deployment to Europe

Several U.S. Army Airborne divisions are among the military units placed on high alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe should the situation over Ukraine escalates, Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a news conference.

"[These] units include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as elements of the 18th Airborne Corps," Kirby said. "Additionally, elements of the 101st Airborne Division...elements of the Fourth Infantry Division have also been placed on increased readiness."

The spokesman added that more units, which will now have an increased readiness posture.

The news comes after Kirby said earlier this week that some 8,500 U.S. troops have been placed on heightened readiness, though at the time he declined to specify which units.

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