Russian Troops to Engage American Troops on US Soil

US, Russian soldiers train together in Colorado

DENVER – The Russians are coming — in fact, they’re already here — but it may not be what you think.

Twenty-two Russian army paratroopers are in Colorado for two weeks of training with the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, a post outside Colorado Springs.

The two nations’ militaries have been conducting joint exercises for years, but this is believed to be the first time Russian soldiers have trained on U.S. soil, Lt. Col. Steven Osterholzer said.

The Russians and Americans are training together on basic soldier skills ranging from firing weapons to making parachute drops, said Osterholzer, a public affairs officer for the 10th Special Forces Group.

It’s the first step toward joint exercises in more complicated anti-terrorism operations such as helicopter drops, he said.

“This is the shake-hands, get-to-know-you kind of thing,” Osterholzer said. “What this is not is a massive counterterrorism exercise.”

Some people have seen sinister motives behind the appearance of troops from America’s longtime Cold War enemy at a U.S. Army post, he said.

“Conspiracy theorists are alive and well,” he said. Some people who’ve called Osterholzer have said President Barack Obama is a communist, or that the Russians plan to kidnap Americans and take them back to Russia, or that the training is a step toward universal world government.

“It’s been an interesting two weeks at the public affairs office,” he said.

The training is the result of a U.S.-Russian agreement signed a year ago. The objectives are to create a basic relationship between the two nations’ militaries and to build an understanding about how each other’s military works, including communications, Osterholzer said.

That knowledge is vital in joint military and humanitarian operations such as anti-terrorism measures and disaster relief, he said.

At Fort Carson, the training involves only unclassified weapons, and the Russians have U.S. escorts around the clock to make sure “they stay where they’re supposed to be,” Osterholzer said.

“These soldiers are not running around amok on their own,” he said.

The Russians are staying in a military hotel on Fort Carson but otherwise spend their on-duty and off-duty time with their American counterparts. They’ll also take in a baseball game, watching the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, a minor-league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

“The visit has gone amazingly well and smooth,” Osterholzer said. “They’re excited to be here. They’re motivated, they’re professional. And our soldiers are the same.”

The Russian contingent includes a colonel but most are enlisted soldiers. They arrived Sunday by commercial aircraft and will leave June 1, again flying commercially.

Next year, an equal number of U.S. soldiers from 10th Special Forces Group are expected to go to Russia for similar exercises, Osterholzer said.

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22 responses to “Russian Troops to Engage American Troops on US Soil

  1. Good morning America ;)


  2. I can tell that to both countries is to that to learn each other. Our Russian paratroopers should learn to use gadgets during fight also effectively as it is done by soldiers of the USA. And yours to learn to do without them with the same efficiency as it is done by ours. Well I won’t tell a way of fight of our special groups, 1 gave a subscription about non-proliferation, “there are a lot of receptions, and types of tactics which are at present unique”, and 2 hardly it is useful to you. And here tactics and receptions of the USA is open, all can find it wishing. It was familiar with one of your “vyzhivalshchik” which a seal, he learned from us much as it is possible to survive in different conditions, but also us taught. Hello to old times to John Uilis from a taiga! if you read it.


  3. Nice to meet you mikhaiv.
    Soldiers are soldiers, they take orders.
    If we could just get rid of the corrupt politicians we would all be far better off.


  4. Was my comment removed?


  5. Oh, I guess I am off the list?


  6. I left a long comment on this post and I don’t know where it went. I may have forgot to hit “post comment.” LOL. It was this: I am just back from 5 days in an area of the UK that is quintessentially English – Bath and Cornwall. I just could not bring myself to see how other sections have changed and the death of our culture. I think this is a ticking time bomb – even more so than the Middle East. So many terrorists are trained in Europe these days and are either Europeans or carry European passports. In this, Russia and China have a vested interest. These are countries that do not want to see allies stumble. I honestly believe that when it comes to terrorism, it makes strange bedfellows. France is now farther left than Moscow but still fighting for its cultural survival. In this country, even the Bush family allied with the Soviets in this way. I say keep the eye on the prize – the election. The tide of the left is strong but the right cannot die off. It would not be good for our nation. I think the people who cry “right wing nut job” are more dangerous that the Communists.


    • I have seen on your blog where you were heading to Jolly ‘Ole England and I was at a loss to understand why you hadn’t invited me along. lol

      I was thinking about you a lot and hoping you’d stop by here on your return. Good to see my World Traveling friend and glad to see you’re home safe and sound. ;)


  7. Obama is aready importing and training Russians on American soil to assist the government when civil strife starts because it won’t have the resources to cope with the onslought that will sweep America after the elections.


    • I have to say I see it pretty much the same way Ray.


    • Should tell that in case that isn’t sent to your ABM against Russia quite correctly to give full information on them, to that they can be improved. But that information that was transferred is empty water, there are no even key parameters! And that you will tell what this week condemned the person who spied in your advantage and handed over all information on the Bulovas ballistic missiles? And about civil war, at present it becomes ripe and at you in the USA, and at us in Russia, and even in China. Won’t believe but at present the army of China exists only in order that didn’t dethrone the power. Almost all inhabitants of China would like power change by big blood, (A standard of living at them good only at elite, and all the others survive as can.) And at us the people were simply tired, and already at all those with what them consider the last generations. Yes the most part drinks, smokes and all is on drugs from 8 years, and because parents work from morning to the late evening. But the last 5 years the situation began to improve, thanks to that began simply on silent to “clean” narco dealers, we carry out promotion of a healthy lifestyle and we prove concrete examples, badly what to drink and smoke. As promotion that moral decay harms to the person, but it is difficult because of that that on the TV and on the Internet speak and show that it well and abruptly. Personally I took active part in creation of this project and its advance, it not official and if honest it already many times tried to curtail in the different ways but we didn’t give. In my circles where the project was created it “The white raven” is called. If to whom I can interestingly tell. And still, we at present have no possibility to forward enough of fighters in the USA, the equipment old and demands replacement. And replacement only began.


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