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Soldiers assigned to the 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, deploy to the U.S. Army Europe and Africa area of operations, Feb. 28 from Hunter Army Airfield. 1st ABCT deployed to Germany to reassure NATO allies, deter Russian aggression and to be prepared to support a range of other requirements in the region.

Raiders head home following success in Germany

Soldiers assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were reunited with their Families this morning after a successful redeployment to Fort Stewart.

The ceremony was held at Cottrell Field to mark the redeployment of the brigade, known as the Battle Axe of 3rd ID, after a six-month deployment to Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.

“I am immensely proud of the Raider Soldiers’ hard work and dedication to global security,” said Col. Peter Moon, commander of 1ABCT, 3ID. “I also want to thank all the families for their support and sacrifice. You are an integral part of our success.”

The brigade deployed to Germany in February, as the immediate response force to deter Russian aggression against NATO allies and partners, under the 1st Infantry Division. It will be replaced by 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

During their deployment, the 1st ABCT trained in Grafenwoehr Training Area and completed Combined Resolve XVII at Joint Multinational Readiness Center with 11 other NATO allies and partners to enhance interoperability and readiness. The training and exercises completed throughout the deployment included squad-based live fire exercises, combined live fire exercises, M1 Abrams tank, Bradley, Paladin gunnery qualification tables, and joint live fire exercises with other NATO elements.

“Our forward presence in Eastern Europe enabled us to assure our Allies and deter our adversaries,” said Moon. “The Raider Brigade enhanced war fighting proficiency by training alongside our Allies and partners as we reinforced our ironclad commitment to NATO.”

All members of the Raider brigade are expected to return by the end of August.

Staff Sgt. Rakeem Carter
1st ABCT