Soldiers aboard M1A2 Abram Tanks from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division move out, as part of an Initial Ready Task Force (IRTF) exercise, at Johanna Range, Poland, May 20, 2019. An IRTF is a no-notice, rapid-deployment exercise designed to test a unit’s ability to alert, marshal, and deploy forces and equipment for contingency operations or an emergency disaster. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort)
U.S. Marines with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, travel to their next objective during Trident Juncture 18 near Hjerkinn Norway, Nov. 2, 2018. Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO Allies’ and partners’ abilities to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Menelik Collins/Released)
Armor crewmen assigned to Task Force Raider load Sabot rounds onto a M1 Abram Tank during a pre-deployment training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, August 18. Sabot rounds work like a basic arrow by penetrating armor with momentum of force rather than explosive power. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Sarah Kirby)
A Marines M1A1 Abrams tank is shrouded in sand during a low-light live-fire exercise as part of Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland, May 16, 2018. Marines with Bravo Company, 4th Tanks Battalion, participated in this live-fire exercise with the Finnish Leopard tanks. Exercise Arrow is an annual Finnish multi-national exercise with the purpose of training with mechanized infantry, artillery, and mortar field training skills in a live-fire exercise. This is the first year the Marine Corps is participating in this exercise and the first time the M1A1 Abrams tanks have been in Finland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Averi Coppa/Released)
Port operations are underway unloading combat vehicles of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team in preparation of training in support of Atlantic Resolve. The arrival of 1st ABCT adds to the capabilities of the U.S. Army Europe and USEUCOM Commanders to train with our Allies and Partners and respond to crises should it be required.