American “Operation Dragoon Ride” convoy arrives in the Czech Republic

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment entered the Czech Republic from Poland on Sunday, 29th March, crossing three borders at Nachod, Bohumin and Harrachov, on their way from the Baltic states and Poland to their home base in Vilseck, Germany.

The road march, dubbed Operation Dragoon Ride, including up to 500 personnel with 115 vehicles, began on 21st March in Estonia, travelling through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the primary objective of demonstrating strong U.S. support and committment to its Eastern Europe NATO allies.

Thousands of Czech citizens lined the convoy‘s route to welcome and wave at the U.S. soldiers in their amoured Stryker vehicles, Humvees and other military trucks.

The Czech Armed Forces, the Military Police and the Police of the Czech Republic provided the necessary logistic support as part of the allied Host Nation Support programme. The Americans soldiers will stay in the Czech Republic for three nights. They will be housed at the Liberec, Pardubice, Vyskov and Prague-Ruzyne barracks. Czech citizens will be given ample opportunity to meet with the Americans and see their vehicles. There are also numerous social events planned at the barracks, and in the cities where the soldiers stop during the convoy.

The Dragoon Ride convoy will leave the Czech Republic at the Czech-German border in the village of Rozvadov on Wednesday, 1st April.

March 30, 2015