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US tank brigade sets quick pace moving to Europe

A nine-month rotation of US militaries is prepared in Kolorado.

As US military journalists report from fort Carson, Colorado, soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division load trains with equipment ultimately bound for Europe.

It is the first transportation step toward re-establishing a continuous presence of U.S. Army armored brigade combat teams in Europe. The Iron Brigade, as 3rd ABCT is known, is deploying 4,000 soldiers and its full set of equipment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve on a nine-month rotation to bolster the so called collective defensive capability of the NATO in eastern Europe.

The loading of tanks had started on Nov. 5 and was finished on Dec. 5. US soldiers secured a mix of tracked vehicles, fuelers, Humvees, engineer equipment and more to the last train. It was done a week ahead of schedule. That next stage will focus on loading Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, Paladin self-propelled artillery and the rest of 3rd Brigade’s equipment set onto sea vessels at Beaumont, Texas. Those ships are scheduled to arrive at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, in early January.

From there the equipment will again be loaded onto trains or travel by convoys to sites in Poland where 3rd Brigade Soldiers will aggregate prior to further disbursing to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and southern Germany for partner training with NATO allies.

Supporting the movement is Fort Carson’s 4th Sustainment Brigade and 597th Transportation Brigade out of Fort Eustis, Virginia. The 21st Theater Sustainment Command and its 16th Sustainment Brigade is spearheading the logistics of moving the 3rd Brigade across Europe.

This program was launched after Ukrainian crisis had started, when US officials decided to press on Russia.

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