FORT HOOD (Now designated Fort Cavazos), Texas — The 1st Cavalry Division is scheduled to conduct a welcome home ceremony at 5:45 a.m. Jan. 14 on Cooper Field here for the first return flight of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team troopers who have been serving on a nine-month rotation in Europe.
1st ABCT deployed to Europe in May 2018 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. They will be replaced by 1st Armored Brigade Combat Tea, 1st Infantry Division.
This is the IronHorse Brigade’s second rotation to Poland. The first being in 2014 during Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poland, the Balkans and Germany.
They participated in several multi-national training exercises included ‘Saber Strike’ at Drawsko Pimorskie Training Area, Poland; ‘Noble Partner’ in Georgia; and ‘Platinum Lion’ at Novo Solo Training Area, Bulgaria. Also participated in various other exercises in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Germany.
During live-fire exercises, the brigade fired 7,432 tank rounds, 40,007 25mm Bradley rounds, 19,856 artillery rounds, 3,665 mortar rounds, 1,801,664 small arms rounds and 16,463 pounds of explosives to include mines, signal flares, detonating cord and artillery simulators.
1st ABCT also conducted the first ever brigade Stinger live-fire.
The brigade marched in several parades and attended memorial services commemorating past allied accomplishments. Many of these events were historic as they marked the first time there had ever been an American military presence participating.
Video and photos from the brigade’s rotation in Europe can be found at the links below:
More information about Operation Atlantic Resolve can be found at the following link:
Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) Visitors Center in the media parking area on Monday, Jan. 14, no later than 5 a.m.
NOTE: Return flights are sometimes arrive early or are delayed due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Any updates to the timeline will be communicated directly with reporters who have RSVPd via telephone.