In an interview with Military.com this month, Maj. Gen. Niel Nelson, commander of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, said the new deployment will be known as Marine Rotational Force Europe — and the first troops arriving as part of the rotation will be a reinforced infantry company from Lejeune’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines.
The Marine Corps first confirmed to Military.com in October that it was working with the Norwegian government to make arrangements for the force, which will train in Norway and elsewhere in Europe and serve as a measure of assurance and support for allies on the continent.
Norway shares a small border with Russia in the northeast, and many have speculated that the move, which comes as an Army brigade also moves into Western Europe, will serve in part as a deterrent and show of strength in the face of Russian saber-rattling.
Nelson said he views the deployment from a much more practical perspective.
“We’ve been going to Norway for 25 years. So I don’t really know what the hype is about,” he said. “We’re just doing our job, from a more economical standpoint. I don’t put a lot of stock in people pointing back-and-forth.”
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