"Atlantic Resolve" – Movement of U.S. Army Equipment through the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

May 21, 2018


WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Europe will transport equipment through the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in support of operation "Atlantic Resolve." 1st Armored Brigade, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, USA will replace, as part of the scheduled rotation of U.S. Army forces in Eastern Europe, the 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st U.S. Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, USA. The heavy military equipment will be transported by sea to the Belgian port of Antwerp. The unloading is scheduled to begin on or about May 21.

Subsequently, around 280 wheeled vehicles, qualified for road use, will be transported via road from Antwerp to Poland. These road movements will also go through North Rhine-Westphalia. Tracked vehicles will be loaded onto rail cars and transported via rail. 

Military movements may temporarily disrupt road and rail traffic.

As part of Host Nation Support, the German Armed Forces is providing assistance to Operation Atlantic Resolve through the Joint Service Support Command (JSCC). They coordinate assistance to allied and partner armed forces during their stay in Germany. The JSCC provided infrastructure and capabilities include: storage areas and facilities, supplies, food and lodging, repair, transport, and handling. 

Operation Atlantic Resolve aims to ensure peace and stability in the Eastern European NATO countries. Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe has led land forces efforts on behalf of the U.S. military, by conducting continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Eastern Europe. The multinational training and security cooperation activities are taking place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary. The training events improve interoperability, strengthen relationships and trust among allied armies, contribute to regional stability, and demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO.

There will be regional media opportunity in North Rhine-Westphalia, details will be announced with a media advisory.

For media queries, please contact the U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office in Wiesbaden, phone: 0611-143.537.0008 or 0022, or by email: usarmyeurope.contact@mail.mil.