Atlantic Resolve Armored Brigade Rotation Fact Sheet

1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
May 28, 2018

1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry crestDeployment Overview:

  • 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 Kog─âlniceanu 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).

Rotational Information:

  • 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.