Armor, Joint Gentle Tactical Automobiles and tools from the third Armored Brigade Fight Crew, 1st Cavalry Division, started arriving on the port in Antwerp-Bruges, Belgium, July twenty first, because the unit begins its deployment to Europe. The Brigade will transfer roughly 4,200 Troopers and a couple of,700 tools objects into the European theater to exchange the first Armored Brigade, third Infantry Division, which is returning to the US. The brigade’s deployment demonstrates the U.S. Military’s unrelenting dedication to Europe and its NATO allies in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The preliminary tools arrived aboard the business cargo vessel, ARC Integrity, following its journey throughout the Atlantic Ocean from the port in Corpus Christi, Texas. A “Crew of Groups” made up of transportation, logistics and help professionals from the twenty first Theater Sustainment Command, 598th Transportation Brigade (SDDC) and items from the Belgian Armed Forces, labored carefully collectively to coordinate the reception, staging and onward motion of apparatus on the port. The power in Antwerp-Bruges is likely one of the largest and busiest seaports on the earth with an extended custom of supporting U.S. Military forces.

“Interoperability is essential to the Military Imaginative and prescient. It’s extra than simply tools and methods, it’s about processes and relationships as properly. These port operations permit us to face side-by-side with our Belgian Allies to attain tactical, operational, and strategic targets. These extraordinarily essential partnerships throughout port operations assist us facilitate the reception, staging, onward motion, and integration of forces and tools within the European theater,” stated Lt. Col. Matthew Rivera, thirty ninth Transportation Battalion commander.


“The Military has efficiently and safely deployed tools for brigade-sized parts by the port in Antwerp-Bruges for a few years now. It is likely one of the most succesful ports on the earth and we now have a superb partnership on the port with our Belgian Allies. Given the professionalism of its workforce and entry to onward motion transportation modes like rail, business line-haul trucking and barge, Antwerp stays a strategically very important seaport each for the U.S. Military and for our NATO Allies,” stated Lt. Col. J.D. Tillman, commander, 838th Transportation Battalion.

U.S. Military Lt. Col. J.D. Tillman, commander of the 838th Transportation Battalion, briefs Troopers in entrance of ARC Integrity earlier than they unload and stage tools belonging to third Armored Brigade Fight Crew, 1st Cavalry Division within the port of Antwerp-Bruges, Belgium, July 21, 2022.(Photograph by Natalie Weaver/twenty first Theater Sustainment Command)

Roughly 300 U.S. Military Troopers and civilians function from the port to execute the protected and environment friendly discharge of the brigade’s tools from vessels arriving into Antwerp-Bruges and to additional coordinate the add and motion of that tools to places in Europe through rail, business line-haul trucking and by barge. It’s an intricate and sophisticated mission requiring detailed, ongoing coordination with a number of Military items, the business companions who help the motion, and the Belgian host-nation ingredient on the port. The 260th Motion Management Crew, thirty ninth Transportation Battalion treasures these partnerships because it enhances their capability to conduct operations as they put together for the biggest onward motion at this port in twenty first TSC historical past. Spc. Marshall Mains, transportation administration coordinator, 260th MCT, thirty ninth Trans. Bn. is the Node 2 tally level chief accounting for each piece of apparatus that comes off the vessel to maneuver all through Europe. In his first management place on a port task, the partnerships and relationships he’s established are essential to his success.

The third ABCT’s deployment is a one-for-one unit alternative with the first ABCT, third ID, which leaves the Military’s general drive posture within the area unchanged. The power to deploy an armored brigade fight group from Fort Hood to Europe demonstrates the potential of the U.S. world deployment and distribution enterprise, together with the Military’s capability to conduct strategic motion into and throughout the theater in help of a variety of operations and missions. The third Brigade Fight Crew, 1st Cavalry Division (“Third Gray Wolf Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division”) is a mixed arms armored brigade of the first Cavalry Division primarily based in Fort Hood, Texas. Its main tools consists of M1A2SEP Tanks, M2A3 & M3A3 Bradley infantry preventing autos, M109A6 Paladin howitzers, and M1114 up-armored Humvees. With the inactivation of the 4th Brigade Fight Crew “Lengthy Knife” in 2013, 2nd Battalion, seventh Cavalry Regiment rejoined the Brigade after 8 years. The third Engineer Battalion changed the third Particular troops Battalion which had been fashioned from the eighth Engineer Battalion in 2005.

US Army 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Equipment Arrives at Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Belgium
An M1A2 Abrams tank belonging to third Armored Brigade Fight Crew, 1st Cavalry Division, rolls down the ramp of ARC Integrity on the port Antwerp-Bruges, Belgium, July 21, 2022. (Photograph by Natalie Weaver/twenty first Theater Sustainment Command)