A three-star general will lead a new command the US military will establish in Germany to oversee the arming and training of Ukraine’s forces to support the war against Russia, Stars and Stripes reported on Tuesday.
The command, known as Security Assistance Group-Ukraine, or SAG-U, will be based out of US Army Europe and Africa headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. Its establishment was first announced on Friday, and it will be staffed by about 300 military personnel.
The command will be manned by personnel from each military branch. According to The New York Times, the leading candidate to head the mission is Army Lt. Gen. Antonio Aguto Jr., who currently heads the First US Army headquarters at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.
The command is expected to be up and running by early 2023, and its establishment demonstrates that the US expects to be supporting the war for years to come. Sabrina Singh, the deputy Pentagon press secretary, told reporters on Friday that the command will “ensure we are postured to continue supporting Ukraine over the long term.”
While the US is training Ukrainian soldiers in Europe, there is also a small military presence on the ground in Ukraine that has been confirmed by the US. The Pentagon recently announced that US military personnel based at the US embassy in Kyiv have recently begun onsite inspections of US-provided weapons inside Ukraine.
Besides the presence of weapons inspectors, The Intercept recently reported that US special operations forces and CIA personnel are on the ground in Ukraine, but the covert operations haven’t been officially confirmed.