Army Orders 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team to Europe to Bolster NATO

Col. Christopher R. Norrie, right, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher David Gunn case the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, colors during a ceremony at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center Jan. 4, 2017. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Ange Desinor) | Nov 03, 2016 | by Matthew Cox

The U.S. Army announced Thursday that it will deploy about 4,000 soldiers to Europe this winter to help deter possible Russian aggression.

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, will help support Operation Atlantic Resolve, according to an Army press release.

"Bringing an entire armored brigade combat team, including all of our heavy equipment, to Europe is a challenging opportunity that 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is proud to embark upon," said Col. Christopher R. Norrie, commander of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

"Thanks to the aggressive training we've conducted over the past year in preparation for this mission, I am confident we are the right heavy brigade to continue the armored presence in Europe."

U.S. forces have been conducting frequent training missions in Europe to reassure NATO allies concerned about Russian military aggression.

"Living and training alongside our NATO allies and partners on a daily basis will provide ample opportunities to build a comprehensive team that strengthens defensive capabilities and deters aggression in Europe," Norrie said.

"However, we also are mindful of the sacrifices our soldiers and families will make during this deployment. So we ask for the continued support of our extended family -- the Fort Carson and Colorado Springs communities -- to ensure our foundation at home remains 'Iron Strong' as well."

The Army also announced Thursday it will deploy 1,700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division this winter to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces trying to retake Mosul from Islamic State fighters.

The 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to take part in Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Army press release.

The unit will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in training, advising and assisting the Iraqi forces.