Fort Hood Armored Brigade Will Deploy to Europe, Army Announces

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The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division receives vehicles by railhead.
The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division receives vehicles by railhead in Zagan, Poland, June 4, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard/Spc. Hannah Tarkelly)

The Army announced today that it will deploy an armored brigade to Europe this fall as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Hood, Texas will replace the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division in support of NATO efforts to deter Russian aggression in the region, according to a Fort Hood news release.

"It is a great privilege to aid in the preservation of peace by showcasing our Army's ability to project lethality across the globe," Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, commander of the 1st ABCT, said in the release.

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"The Ironhorse Brigade is lethal, tough, and ready. We do not take lightly our responsibility to instill confidence in the American people and our allies; nor the opportunity to instill fear in our adversaries."

The 1st ABCT will deploy with 3,700 soldiers, 440 tracked vehicles -- including 80 M1 Abrams tanks, 130 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and 18 155mm M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers -- as well as 830 wheeled vehicles and 600 trailers, according to the release.

"This brigade is well-trained and ready for any mission that our nation requires," Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, said in a statement.

"They have safely overcome the challenges to prepare during this COVID environment, built their capability, and are ready to support our allies and partners in Europe."

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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