Sometime in mid-October, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Blackjack,” 1st Cavalry Division, from Fort Hood will deploy to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve, according to a news release by U.S. Army Europe.
The brigade will go to multiple locations in Europe to “conduct multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners,” according to the release.
More than 3,500 soldiers are expected to deploy with approximately 85 Abrams tanks, 135 Bradleys and 15 Paladins for the nine-month rotation.
“The Blackjack Brigade is well-led, expertly maintained and incredibly lethal,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Calvert, 1st Cavalry Division commander. “There is no doubt that they are ready to execute this mission. While in Europe, the troopers of this brigade will continue to increase their readiness while supporting the United States’ effort to deter aggression. In doing so, our allies will be assured of the enduring commitment of the U.S. to security in Europe.”
The brigade will be primarily based in Germany and Poland, and train in nearby countries, according to the division.
The brigade will also deploy alongside the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Prior Fort Hood units to deploy in support of Atlantic Resolve in the past five years included 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd Battalion, 227th Assault Helicopter Regiment, Task Force Spearhead; 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division.
Fort Hood’s Ironhorse brigade returned from its nine-month rotation to Europe in March, and participated in several multi-national training exercises in Poland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Germany.