German Rotation

Col. Phillip Baker (far left), 1st ACB commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Nutter (right), and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Stephen Napoli, the brigade standardization officer (far right) fold the unit’s colors at the colors casing ceremony Oct. 5 on Cooper Field at Fort Hood.

The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, cased its colors Oct. 5 at Cooper Field at Fort Hood. 

Later this month, the Air Cav. will deploy to Germany in support of United States Army Europe mission Operation Atlantic Resolve.

During the nine-month rotation, the Air Cav. will train alongside its NATO allies and partner nations in multinational exercises.

“The Air Cav. was created and exists for one reason only, and that’s to support the American fighting Soldier on the ground,” said Col. Phillip Baker, the 1st ACB commander.

Air Cav. troopers will perform medical transport, exercise support and aviation operations throughout Europe to strengthen relationships with allies and partner nations.

“Be it the middle of the day, or at 0200 in the morning in unfamiliar terrain, this formation truly has the best of the best that are willing to take charge, lead and win,” Baker said.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of a continued U.S. commitment to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

“Our mission of deterrence and strength provides security and the prevention of conflict,” Baker said, “I would argue this mission is the most important thing we can do as a brigade.”

The Air Cav. will be working primarily out of Germany, but will have a presence established in other participating countries, such as Latvia, Poland and Romania.

Having a 1st ACB presence at those locations will enable them to work directly with their allies and partners and their operational-level commands, thus helping them expand their interoperability, according to Baker.

“It’s our teammates on the ground who really determine how good we are,” Baker said. “This reputation must be protected and preserved, not only for the next nine months but for decades to come.

“We each serve but a brief moment inside this unit, but it’s our legacy that remains for others to follow.”