The US Army has announced that military helicopters and equipment from the 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, began arriving at the port of Thessaloniki, Greece, on April 17, 2023, as the brigade begins its rotation of nine months to support the Atlantic Resolve in response to Russian activities in Ukraine.
The Army said in a statement that Atlantic Resolve provides rotating deployments of credible combat forces to Europe to show commitment to NATO while increasing readiness, interoperability, and ties between allied and partner militaries.
“The importance of our presence in Europe cannot be underestimated,” said Lt. Col. Frederick Clapp, commander of Task Force Brawler. “Our task force has worked tirelessly over the past two years training and preparing for this deployment. We are prepared to use our personnel, equipment, and aircraft in building relationships with our European allies and partners.”
Over the next three weeks, the 4th Battalion will conduct port operations, ferry flights to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, orientation flights in the local area, establish task force headquarters, and conduct a relief on-site with their counterparts from the 1st Armored Division.
Over the next nine months, more than 2,000 soldiers from the 3rd CAB will participate in NATO training events and exercises in Romania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Greece. For many soldiers, this will be their first chance to deploy and work with partner nations.
“Atlantic Resolve is an incredible training event for our entire brigade to increase interoperability with our NATO allies and other US military organizations,” said Col. Eric Vanek, 3rd CAB commander. “Our team has worked closely with our partners in and around Hunter Army Airfield to become a deadly fighting force, but now is the time to learn to fight with our allies and better each other.”
The 3rd CAB is bringing the Army’s most modernized and deadly multifunctional aviation forces to the theater of operations. The brigade is made up of 109 air platforms, including the AH-64E Apache, UH-60M Blackhawk, CH-47F Chinook, MQ-1C Extended Range Gray Eagle, and RQ-7B Shadow.