Troopers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division, cased its colors signifying the unit’s deployment to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve.

“Over the course of our rotation, we will fully display the lethality of the Ironhorse Brigade, the First Team and the U.S. Army while continuing to build on the cohesiveness, friendships and special

relationships the U.S. Army has already established with our partners abroad,” Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, brigade commander, said.

The casing of a unit’s colors, which signify a unit’s history, legacy and honors, is a traditional Army ceremony dating back to the Revolutionary War.

“We are part of the nation’s premier armored fighting force, the First Team,” Schoenfeldt added. “We are lethal, we are tough and we are ready.”

This marks the seventh armored rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve. Atlantic Resolve will host over 6,000 soldiers from across the U.S. and Europe to enhance deterrence, increase readiness and support NATO. Ironhorse

will conduct multinational training exercises with more than a dozen NATO allies and partner nations.

“As you deploy to Europe, take the lessons you have learned over the last year and show all our allies and partners how to build cohesive teams,” Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater, commanding general of the 1st Cav. Div., said.

These exercises build readiness, enhance interoperability and strengthen relationships between U.S. forces and its allies and partners across the European theater.

All deploying troopers of the Ironhorse Bde. will undergo COVID-19 testing and  a 14-day restriction of movement period prior to departing Fort Hood. Once in Europe, all troopers

will again receive a COVID-19 test, and a subsequent period of restricted movement before departing across Europe. The

First Team has taken every precaution to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.