On May 13, the Secretary of Defense ordered the deployment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, to deploy to the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command area of operations to assure NATO allies, deter Russian aggression and to be prepared to support a range of other requirements in the region.
Approximately, 4,100 Troopers will deploy to Grafenwöhr, Germany alongside the other U.S. units already in Europe supporting the NATO Response Force.
The brigade is trained and ready to deploy after recently completing a month-long training rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, where they honed the unit’s war fighting skills utilizing the most modern tank and artillery platforms in the U.S. Army inventory including the M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams Tank, the M109A7 Paladin, and M2A3 Bradley.
“Our brigade is one of the most modern, capable and well-trained armor brigades; we remain committed to deploy anywhere in the world and accomplish any assigned mission,” said Col. Justin Y. Reese, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “We are proud to represent the 1st Cavalry Division while supporting, reassuring and defending our NATO allies and partners.“
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, “GREYWOLF,” was first established on 29 August 1917 and fought in major campaigns of World War II and the Vietnam War- receiving multiple battle streamers and honors over those decades. In 1996, the brigade became the U.S. Army’s first, no-notice brigade-sized deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Strike, and during the Global War on Terrorism, GREYWOLF deployed five times to Iraq. Most recently, while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, the Brigade has trained continuously for the full spectrum of conflict and worked extensively with Allies and partners overseas. Today, the GREYWOLF Brigade is trained, disciplined and ready to deploy anywhere in the world with the most modern armor vehicles and equipment in the U.S. Army inventory.
For further information on the 3ABCT deployment, please contact the 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Jennifer Bocanegra at (254) 423-6699 or by email at [email protected].