The U.S. Army announced today that Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade will replace the 101st Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade in April 2021. The 1st CAB will serve as U.S. Army Europe-Africa’s combat aviation element responsible for aviation assets of U.S. forces deployed in support of Atlantic Resolve.
“The Demon Brigade is excited about our rotation back to Europe,” said Col. Bryan Chivers, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade commander. “We look forward to strengthening our long-standing partnership with our allies and partners, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to NATO.”
The brigade will support U.S. Army Europe-Africa’s Atlantic Resolve, with units in several nations training alongside allies and partners to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to peace and stability in the region. “Our Soldiers are well-trained and ready to support this mission, and our European partners,” said Chivers.
The majority of equipment and personnel will be stationed in Germany, with a forward presence in Latvia, Romania and Poland. Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe and Africa has led the Department of Defense’s Atlantic Resolve land efforts by rotating units based in the U.S. to Europe.
There are approximately 6,000 regionally allocated Soldiers participating in nine-month Atlantic Resolve rotations at any given time. There are four types of U.S. Army Atlantic Resolve rotations – armored, aviation, sustainment task force and division headquarters. Rotational units conduct bilateral, joint and multinational training events across more than a dozen countries. Atlantic Resolve is funded by the European Deterrence Initiative, which enables the U.S. to enhance deterrence, increase readiness and support NATO.