Lt. Gen Mark Hertling  denies timing linked to Inauguration

Zagan, Poland (CNN)Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo welcomed US troops to her country at a formal ceremony Saturday, saying it was a “great day” that would help ensure Poland’s security.

Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as part of troop rotations to Europe that the Pentagon has said are intended to bolster ties with NATO allies and send a clear message to Russia.
Russia has criticized the continuous deployments as a threat to Russian security.

Sources put US troop deployments to Poland at 4,ooo.  Canada and Great Britain will deploy upwards of 1,000 additional soldiers each. Considering the unusual step President Obama has taken by sending hundreds of U.S. Marines into Norway for the first time since WWII, it’s hard to tell if it’s a parting shot by the Obama administration or a starter’s pistol at a new arms race and Cold War