1st Armored Division rapidly deploys in support of unified land operations in order to deter or defeat our enemies and on order redeploys. 1st AD is prepared to exercise mission command of Army, joint and multi-national forces as a U.S. division, or joint task force.Commander's Intent
The 1st Armored Division is a value based, fit, and cohesive team led by expert leaders focused on readiness and continuing the Division's legacy of "America's Tank Division."The Iron Six
(Commanding General's Guidance to Subordinate Leaders)
1. Be Ready Now! The last question you should ask yourself before lights out is “are my team and I as ready as we can be now?”
2. Deployment Readiness. We go to war with the personnel and equipment we have, therefore, I expect Soldiers and leaders to effectively minimize the duration of personnel and equipment unavailability.
3. Mission Command. Maximize the use and proficiency of tactical mission command systems. See yourself, see the enemy, see the terrain and understand the task and purpose of your mission, and where you fit into the higher HQ’s mission and intent.
4. Develop Leaders for the Future. Mentor, demonstrate “what right looks like,” certify, and then hold Soldiers accountable through consistent and effective counseling.
5. Take Care of Your Team. Ensure timely sponsorship and integration of new Soldiers and their Families. Build, maintain, and strengthen both individual and unit resiliency through predictable training.
6. Live the “Golden Rule.” Treat everyone as you would expect to be treated; with dignity and respect. Build positive relationships with the El Paso community.
BG Matthew L. Eichburg, Commanding General
CSM Michael C. Williams, Command Sergeant Major
Deputy Commanding General - Support
Deputy Commanding General - Operations
- Biography Pending
Deputy Commanding General - Maneuver
- Biography Pending
Chief of Staff, COL Chad C. Chalfont
1. Highly Trained and Ready Force
2. Physical and Mental Fitness
3. Discipline and Lethality
4. Care of Soldiers and Families
5. Community Relations
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Staff Duty: 915-741-4609
Commander: LTC James E. Kyle
Command Sergeant Major: CSM Gary E. Yurgans
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The 1st Armored Division, nicknamed "Old Ironsides," is the oldest, most recognizable armor division in the United States Army. As part of the mechanization of the U.S. Army and the buildup for World War II, cavalry and reconnaissance units were brought together to form the 1st Armored Division, July 15, 1940, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
On May 11, 1942, the 1st Armored Division left the U.S. and five days later were training in Northern Ireland. On Oct. 29, 1942, Old Ironsides moved to England to depart for North Africa.
The 1st Armored Division's first contact with an enemy was as part of the Allied invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch, Nov. 8, 1942. The Allies received unexpected resistance from Vichy-French units. Old Ironsides then advanced toward Tunisia. In January 1943, Old Ironsides, as part of II Corps, received the mission of defending central Tunisia against an Axis counterattack. After three months, the Allies could finally claim victory in North Africa. Old Ironsides then moved to Naples, Italy, Oct. 28, 1943, to support the Allied effort there.
In June 1945, Old Ironsides moved to Germany as part of the occupying force. 1st Armored Division deactivated, April 25, 1946. Almost five years later, on March 7, 1951, 1st Armored Division reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 1st Armored Division moved to Germany in 1971, and based in the West German city of Ansbach. The division remained in Germany for the next 20 years as part of the American forces committed to a NATO defense of Europe.
In November 1990, Old Ironsides deployed 17,400 Soldiers to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield. On Feb. 24, 1991, the 1st Armored Division crossed into Iraq to begin Operation Desert Storm as the leading unit in VII Corps' main flanking attack.
The 1st Armored Division deployed twice between 1995 and 1999. The first deployment, in 1995, sent the Iron Soldiers to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. Four years later, 1st Armored Division received orders to become part of Operation Allied Force in Albania and Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.
On March 4, 2003, 1st Armored Division received orders to participate in the global war on terrorism. By April 15, the Iron Soldiers moved out to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Task Force 1st Armored Division was the largest division-based task force in U.S. Army history. Brigade Combat Teams from 1st Armored Division have deployed multiple times since 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure commission determined the 1st Armored Division should leave their home bases in Germany and move to Fort Bliss, Texas. The division officially uncased its colors at Fort Bliss, May 13, 2011.
In June 2017, the 1st Armored Division Headquarters and the Division Artillery Headquarters deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The division headquarters assumed command of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command and with coalition and Iraqi partnered forces made enormous progress denying ISIS aspirations. During the nine-month deployment, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command, led by the 1st Armored Division, defeated insurgent counterattacks, reclaimed thousands of square kilometers and significantly weakened the ISIS terror infrastructure in Iraq. The CJFLCC helped set the conditions for the Government of Iraq to announce the liberation of Iraq from ISIS in December 2017. The 1st Armored Division Headquarters and Division Artillery redeployed to Fort Bliss in March 2018.