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Fort Campbell soldiers deployed to Europe overnight

Units were on standby for weeks
Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions
Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions
Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions
Posted at 4:26 AM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 08:40:01-05

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WTVF) — Fort Campbell soldiers are making their way to Europe after being deployed late Tuesday night.

It's happening in order to help North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and partners in the region as a potential Russian military invasion of Ukraine looms.

Fort Campbell soldiers had been on standby for about a month until they were deployed around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Army said troops will be providing valuable support while reassuring Polish allies during a critical moment. Fort Campbell Soldiers will be joining soldiers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina who had already deployed to the region.

This is all a part of President Biden’s plan to reassure NATO allies and partners in the region amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

President Biden said the U.S. has seen no evidence of claims that some Russian troops have withdrawn from Ukraine's border. While Biden has warned Russia not to invade, with tensions escalating, he has said the U.S. is ready to respond in the event of an invasion.

Deploying soldiers spoke to us about the mentality it takes to be prepared.

Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions
Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions

"If you're not scared, there's something wrong, right? Unless you've done this before. But you can't go into doing the unknown and be completely shut down," said Zyan Sweet (pictured above), Private First Class. "You have to prepare yourself mentally for that. Over the past month we've been on standby for it so I've got to prepare myself a lot for that."

Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions
Ft. Campbell soldiers deploy to Europe amid Ukraine tensions

"It's a bit nerve-wracking. You don't know what you're gonna expect. So you just need to try to have a clear mind and make sure you refer back to that training if something does happen so where you can handle the situation, and keep it under control and bring yourself back home and the others back home," said Mark Berg, Jr. (pictured above), Private First Class.