EAS is an Army-owned, Army Materiel Command managed equipment set that enables more efficient employment of the Regionally Aligned Force.
While EAS storage sites are in the works for Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania’s is the first in the Baltic region to be operational.
The equipment turned in consisted of M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Humvees and other wheeled vehicles used by the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division during its rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Storage of EAS equipment within allied and partnered nations allows Regionally Aligned Forces easier access whenever it is needed. While EAS storage sites are in the works for Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania’s is the first in the Baltic region to be operational.
The site will be managed by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, who will also be responsible for the storage, supply and upkeep of the EAS equipment.
Lithuania’s EAS site will save Regionally Aligned Forces time and resources. It will allow units the opportunity to focus more on training objectives during their time in country. Rapidly enabling the ability to conduct Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSOI) into the countries throughout Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The location of Lithuania’s EAS will be beneficial for future Regionally Aligned Forces because of neighboring resources, according to Lithuanian Land Forces leadership. An airport, railhead and seaport are all situated in close proximity of the site.
The EAS originally consisted of a single Combined Arms Battalion set that provided equipment, but has since expanded to a full Armored Brigade Combat Team primarily employed to conduct Operation Atlantic Resolve activities. It now consists of 12,000 total pieces of equipment, of which approximately 250 are tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and self-propelled howitzers; approximately 1,750 other pieces are support vehicles. EAS sites are currently located in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania.