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Rotational Brigade Fires First Tank-Training Rounds in Europe

Jan. 18, 2017 , From a U.S. European Command News Release

Just 10 days after combat vehicles rolled off cargo ships in Bremerhaven, Germany, soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fired their first rounds in Europe.

A round is fired from a U.S. Army M1A2 tank belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the first Live Fire Accuracy Screening Tests at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland, January 16, 2017. The arrival of 3rd Arm. Bde. Cmbt. Tm., 4th Inf. Div., marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve. The vehicles and equipment, totaling more than 2,700 pieces, were shipped to Poland for certification before being deployed across Europe for use in training with partner nations. This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. U.S. forces will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr)
A round is fired from a U.S. Army M1A2 tank belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the first live fire accuracy screening tests at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland, Jan. 16, 2017. The arrival of soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr
A round is fired from a U.S. Army M1A2 tank belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the first Live Fire Accuracy Screening Tests at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland, January 16, 2017. The arrival of 3rd Arm. Bde. Cmbt. Tm., 4th Inf. Div., marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve. The vehicles and equipment, totaling more than 2,700 pieces, were shipped to Poland for certification before being deployed across Europe for use in training with partner nations. This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. U.S. forces will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr)
Iron Brigade fires first rounds in Poland
A round is fired from a U.S. Army M1A2 tank belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during the first live fire accuracy screening tests at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland, Jan. 16, 2017. The arrival of soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr
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The brigade joins a persistent rotational presence of American land, sea and air forces in the region operating in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, designed to reassure NATO allies and partners in the region in light of Russia's aggression in Ukraine. 

Accuracy Screening

Live-fire training Jan. 16 provided crews from the brigade's 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, and 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, their first opportunity to zero their Bradleys' main guns and complete the live fire accuracy screening test for the M1A2 Abrams tank in western Poland.

Officials said 3rd ABCT soldiers are actively training to ensure their combat vehicles and crews are certified before deploying across Europe.

The equipment began being offloaded Jan. 6 and arrived by rail over the past week. The brigade's arrival to Europe marks the start of continuous, "heel-to-toe" rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises and defend NATO allies and partners in the European community, U.S. European Command officials said.