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More Fort Hood troops will deploy overseas later this year.

The Department of the Army has announced that approximately 3,500 members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood will deploy to Europe this summer.

Nicknamed the "Ironhorse Brigade," 1st Brigade will replace the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, on a regular rotation supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Ironhorse Brigade will work with NATO and other regional partners, according to Col. Wilson Rutherford IV, the brigade commander.

"We are a trained armored brigade combat team which is fully prepared to conduct a full range of operations in support of U.S. Army Europe," Rutherford said. "Our professional leaders and soldiers are honored at the opportunity to contribute to this longstanding strategic alliance."

Ironhorse Brigade spent much of November at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. preparing for this deployment. The unit returned to Fort Hood in early December.

About 6,700 other Fort Hood soldiers currently deployed around the world.

The Army release did not disclose the length of the deployment, but most rotational deployments last either nine months or one year.

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