Atlantic Resolve Armored Brigade Rotation Fact Sheet
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
May 28, 2018
- Arriving May 2018 from Fort Hood, Texas.
- Bringing approximately 3,300 personnel; 87 tanks; 125 Bradley Fighting Vehicles; 13 Bradley (Variant) Fire Support Team vehicles; 18 Paladins (395 tracked vehicles; 976 wheeled vehicles/equipment 349 trailers).
- Marks the third iteration of the armored brigade combat team “heel-to-toe” rotation designed to provide a continuous U.S. armored brigade combat team presence in Europe.
- Replaces 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kansas.
- Sea transportation includes three vessels with 2,500 pieces of equipment.
- Track and wheeled vehicles and other equipment will arrive in Antwerp, Belgium, beginning May 1 through the end of the month.
- Equipment that arrives at Antwerp will move by rail, barge, commercial line-haul and military convoy to designated intermediate staging base, or ISB, locations in Poland (Boleslawiec, Skwierzyna, Swietoszow, Torun, Trezbien and Zagan).
- 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, is templated to deploy directly to Saber Strike 18, a major training exercise in Poland.
- Convoys from Belgium will drive a distance of over 900 kilometers to reach ISBs in Poland.
- Beginning in June 2018 units will be distributed across the region:
- Poland: brigade headquarters; brigade engineering and support battalions; 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment; and 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Boleslawiec, Skwierzyna, Torun and Zagan)
- Germany: 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment; and 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels).
- Romania: 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base).
- Hungary: Company-sized element from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Varpalota Training Area).
- Bulgaria: Two company-sized elements from 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Novo Selo Training Area).
- Nine-month rotations scheduled for the foreseeable future.
- The rotational deployments of armored brigade combat teams are a tangible expression of U.S. commitment to strengthening the defensive and deterrent capabilities of the NATO alliance.
- The forward presence of U.S. Soldiers is the bedrock of our country’s ability to assure allies, deter adversaries and react in a timely manner if deterrence fails.
- The rotational force will conduct exercises across the theater during the course of their rotation, routinely demonstrating speed of assembly and massing for training events.
- Remains under U.S. command.
- Focuses on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises.