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US Army soldiers of 68th Armor Regiment with M1A2 Abrams and M2A3 Bradley on ground in Latvia
In less than 30 days, the U.S. soldiers of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, have assembled, tested, and forward deployed full armored assets throughout the Baltic region in support of Atlantic Resolve.
     
In less than 30 days, the U.S. soldiers of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, have assembled, tested, and forward deployed full armored assets throughout the Baltic region in support of Atlantic Resolve. U.S. soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, receive armored vehicles M88 and M1A2 Abrams at Camp Adazi, Latvia, following railhead operations Feb. 8, 2017.
     
The reception of M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Assault Breacher Vehicles, an M88 Recovery Vehicle, Humvees and additional equipment, by rail Feb. 8, 2017, in Garkalne, Latvia, marks the final component for the "Silver Lions" to begin partnered training here.
 
"This puts closure on the deployment process itself," said Capt. Bryan Buxser, commander of Company A, 1-68 AR. "Now that we have our equipment and personnel, we are one hundred percent, so now we can focus on the interoperability with the Latvians and our NATO allies."
 

Buxser contributes the success of the operation to the thorough planning and extensive training the Soldiers completed in the months leading up to 1-68 AR's arrival in Latvia.

Upon arrival in Poland last month, the Soldiers of 1-68 AR wasted no time preparing their equipment and testing their main guns all within their first 10 days on ground.

Increasing U.S. presence throughout the region, 1-68 AR's 9-month training rotation will be the first in a series of ongoing 'heal-to-toe' armored brigade rotations within the European theater. The continued presence of armored units demonstrates U.S. commitment to support and train alongside NATO partners.


Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region.
 

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