October 2, 2014
Comments by: Rear Admiral John Kirby
OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE: NATO SUPPORT
As some of you may know, starting next week, soldiers from the First Brigade, First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, the Iron Horse Brigade, will begin arriving in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as part of our ongoing mission to reinforce and reassure our NATO allies in the face of Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
In total, there will be 800 soldiers deploying, replacing the 600 soldiers from the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, who have been conducting training exercises with our allied forces in each of these nations since April.
The Iron Horse Brigade will be leveraging some of the Army's pre-positioned gear, as well as bringing training equipment with them, including some Abrams tanks and Bradley and Stryker fighting vehicles. This is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, and one of our measures to maintain a persistent presence in Eastern Europe.
Over the next three months or so, the soldiers will work with allies and partners to conduct land-training exercises, which came at the request of the host nations, help foster interoperability through small unit and leader training, and also demonstrate America's commitment to collective defense.