U.S. military completes $11.2 million face-lift in Estonia

New barracks for Allied troops opened at Tapa.

New barracks for Allied troops opened at Tapa.

By: The Associated Press, Military Times, December 18, 2016.

TAPA, Estonia — The United States military has completed investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade an Estonian NATO army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance’s eastern flank, which faces increasing tensions with Russia.

Maj. Gen. John Gronski said Thursday the face-lifts at the Tapa army base symbolized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s “strength and resolve” in the Baltics.

Updated amenities include new sniper and machine gun ranges, maintenance facilities and a train loading area.

Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the Estonian capital of Tallinn, the base recently has hosted American military units for training exercises. Next year it will become the main base for 800 British infantry and 300 French troops.

This story has been corrected to show NATO’s full name.

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