By Staff Sgt. Tanjie Daniels, CAB, 1st AD Public Affairs:
(El Paso, Texas, Jan. 11, 2018)
January not only represents a new year, but for the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, it also signifies the first time in three years the CAB has been together at Fort Bliss.
During the first week of the 2018, Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion “Iron Dragon,” CAB, 1st AD, downloaded the final haul of their equipment from the Fort Bliss railhead. The equipment had traveled from Eastern Europe, where the battalion spent nine months in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Since September 2014, the following battalions: 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, along with elements of 127th Aviation Support Battalion, have been spread out on multiple deployments throughout the world.
The units supported the following operations: United Assistance in West Africa; Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve at Joint Service Area Georgia, Baghdad, Iraq and Kuwait; Atlantic Resolve in Eastern Europe, as well as disaster relief missions in Houston, Texas and Puerto Rico.
“For the first time in a long time, the CAB being back together affords the 1st Armored Division the opportunity to train with and exercise the full spectrum of what we can do,” said Col. Jay Hopkins, commander of the CAB.
While at Fort Bliss, the “Iron Eagle” Soldiers will continue to train and prepare for upcoming missions.
“Training with everyone will be fun, but the operation tempo won’t slow down,” Hopkins said.
Over the next year, the Iron Eagles will conduct and participate in a number of training exercises to include the Bulldog and Iron Focus field training exercises, as well as Ready Focus, gunnery and rotations to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Elements of the CAB will also continue to train and remain prepared for the Defense CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive) Reactionary Force mission. The training is geared toward preparing Soldiers to react and respond to a domestic CBRNE event.
“If you’re a Soldier, you’re going to train here at Fort Bliss as well as NTC,” Hopkins said. “One AD takes training very seriously, and it’ll seem like you’re always busy but that’s just part of being in the Army.”