Media Advisory - 1st Infantry Division Armored Brigade Combat Team to conduct Transfer of Authority in Europe

Aug. 11, 2021

POZNAN, Poland. —

Who: 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

What: Transfer of Authority ceremony for Atlantic Resolve

When: Friday, August 13

Where: Virtual ceremony from Zagan, Poland, streamed live on

Why: 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division assumes the armored brigade role for the Atlantic Resolve mission

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division deployed to Europe throughout July 2021 for a rotation as part of the regionally allocated forces supporting Atlantic Resolve. This is the eighth rotation of an armored brigade deployment to Atlantic Resolve. The 1st Infantry Division ABCT previously deployed in support of Atlantic Resolve for nine months in January 2019.

“It is a great privilege to aid in the preservation of peace by showcasing our Army’s ability to project readiness across the globe,” Col. Brian E. McCarthy, 1st ABCT commander said. “This brigade’s legacy of fighting and training alongside our European partners began in the fields of France during World War One. We are proud to uphold our dedication to a strong Europe and once again stand with our allies and partners.”

The 1st ABCT, based out of Fort Riley, Kansas, deployed with approximately 3,800 Soldiers, 80 tanks, 120 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 10 Bradley (Variant) Fire Support Team vehicles; 15 Paladins, 500 tracked vehicles, 850 trailers, and 1500 wheeled vehicles and pieces of equipment. The brigade deployed through four European ports; Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland, Klaipeda, Lithuania, and Alexandroupoli, Greece. This was also the first time that the U.S. Army offloaded tanks in the port of Alexandroupoli. The brigade is primarily based in Poland with a presence in other Atlantic Resolve participating countries such as Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia.

Historical background information on the 1st ABCT can be found at and on Facebook at

More information and news regarding Atlantic Resolve can be found at

Media can view the live stream of the ceremony at

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