More than 3,000 soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Europe in March.
The three-month rotation is in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, according to a 3rd ID news release. Most of the deploying soldiers will be from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, and the Division Artillery.
Operation Atlantic Resolve is to allow our soldiers to train with allied armies, and demonstrate the United States' commitment to the NATO alliance in light of Russian aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territory.
"Third ID soldiers participating in Operation Atlantic Resolve demonstrates our unwavering commitment to peace and stability in the region," said Task Force Marne commander Brig. Gen. Jim Blackburn. "The deployment includes a vast array of partnered training exercises, and builds upon NATO's capacity through improved interoperability."
As U.S. Army, Europe's Regionally Aligned Force, 1st Brigade is serving as the European Rotational Force and NATO Response Force. The U.S. European Command covers 51-country.
The 3rd ID soldiers will deploy to various countries including Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
As part of this deployment, equipment from 3rd Brigade Combat Team will be sent from Fort Benning to expand what the Army calls the European Activity Set.
Currently, the European Activity Set is equipped for a battalion. It includes approximately 350 vehicles and pieces of equipment, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery, engineer equipment and other vehicles. It is stored in Germany and will be issued to the Regionally Aligned Forces unit when it arrives in Europe for training.
The set to be increase to accommodate an entire armored brigade combat team, which would have approximately 1,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment. This would include the tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, as well as the equipment and armored vehicles for the brigade support, including combat engineering, signal communications, military intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, artillery, transport trucks/trailers, maintenance, power generation and others.
1st Brigade is responsible for the ERF/NRF mission through 2016 and is expected to make several deployments to Europe over the next two years.
"Our alliance has an obligation to prepare for potential contingencies, this program of exercises strengthens our efforts," Blackburn said.