FORT HOOD — The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade held a colors-casing ceremony signaling the unit’s upcoming deployment to Europe at Cooper Field on Thursday.
About 1,900 soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade will replace the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade in Germany in mid-October for a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, as part of the United States continued commitment to peace, security and stability in Europe.
“In front of you are four battalions that are going to Europe to deter aggression and to continue to provide the strength to our allied partners,” said Col. Phillip C. Baker, the brigade commander. “Our mission is to provide security and prevention of conflict.”
The brigade will train with its NATO allies and partner nations in multinational exercises and will perform medical transport, provide support and aviation operations throughout Europe to improve interoperability and strengthen relationships with allies and partner nations.
The brigade will be headquartered in Germany, but will also be conducting operations in Latvia and Poland and other NATO-partnered nations.
Operation Atlantic Resolve was initiated to reassure NATO that the U.S. was dedicated to European stability as a result of Russia’s actions in Ukraine beginning in 2014.
The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade has hundreds of aircraft — including Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters — that can be used for a variety of missions, from full-scale attacks to transportation of supplies.