Apr 3, 2014
US sends 175 Marines to boost force in Romania
Nearly 300 Marines are already present as part of the Black Sea rotational force. The newly arriving troops, will be part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force headquartered in Moron, Spain.
The Marine unit — which will increase in size from 500 to 675 troops — is tasked by U.S. Africa Command, but could be used elsewhere in the region if needed.
The move is unrelated to the recent confrontation between Ukraine and Russia over the Crimean Peninsula.
The United States has sought authorization to add up to 600 additional troops the approximately 1,000 now stationed at what the U.S. military calls the MK Air Base in Romania.