The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (Iron Brigade), 4th Infantry Division, started onward movement of its combined-arms battalions from Poland to seven nations last week, starting with the push of its first combined-arms battalion to Germany as part of Atlantic Resolve.
The movement from five aggregation sites in Poland less than 20 days after the Iron Brigade’s arrival to Europe signifies the ABCT’s ability to quickly assemble its forces – including 3,500 Soldiers and more than 2,800 pieces of equipment – and freely move across Europe to provide a persistent presence deterring enemy aggression and promoting security while working with NATO Allies and Partners.
Traveling from Camp Karliki, the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, began arriving Jan. 26 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The last of its approximately 450 Soldiers and full set of heavy equipment – including tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles – are expected to arrive Feb. 4.
Movement of equipment and Soldiers from 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., and supporting units from 3rd ABCT is currently underway. The battalion will be headquartered in Adazi Training Area, Latvia, and an advance party of about 25 Soldiers arrived Jan. 29. The battalion’s main body of about 225 Soldiers is expected to arrive Feb. 5.
Approximately 200 Soldiers also are expected to arrive at Tapa Army Base, Estonia, on Feb. 2, and another 150 Soldiers will be stationed at Rukla Training Area, Lithuania, by Feb. 7.
Soldiers from 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. (Fighting Eagles), and supporting units from 3rd ABCT will begin arriving to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, Feb. 5, with the main body expected to arrive Feb. 14. There will be approximately 500 Soldiers total stationed in Romania.
The battalion also will send roughly 125 Soldiers to Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria; they are scheduled to arrive Feb. 15. Approximately 125 troopers from 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Reg., will also arrive at Camp Tata near Varpalota, Hungary, Feb. 25.
Moving thousands of Soldiers and heavy equipment, including more than 80 tanks, 130 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 18 Paladin howitzers, freely across central and eastern Europe exercises U.S. Army Europe’s ability to rapidly respond to potential threats against NATO Allies and Partners. Arriving at these training areas, Soldiers will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training in support of Atlantic Resolve.