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‘Dagger’ brigade heads to Europe

By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner | 2ND ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS | September 19, 2017

     The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted a color-casing ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at Victory Park in preparation for their deployment to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

     Casing the unit’s colors is an Army tradition used to represent a unit’s deactivation at its garrison post prior to reactivating at its overseas assignment location.

     Col. David W. Gardner, 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., commander, expressed confidence in his Soldiers’ ability to meet the demands of the deployment.

     “We enthusiastically accept the challenges and opportunities of Atlantic Resolve, the way we have dutifully accepted our missions of the past,” Gardner said. “We are always ready now, to be what America needs most, because no mission is too difficult and no sacrifice is too great.”

      The “Dagger” brigade’s mission in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve is intended to reassure NATO allies and partners of the United States’ continued commitment to European security, and deter aggression by maintaining a high readiness posture, while training with allies and partners to increase their interoperability, according to the brigade’s mission information.

     Soldiers will be departing to Europe throughout September and are currently scheduled to be deployed for nine months. The deployment will provide an opportunity for Soldiers to learn how other countries accomplish their missions while sharing their own expertise and experience.

      Pvt. 1st Class Joshua Marciniak, tank mechanic, Company C, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd ABCT, was looking forward to the deployment.

     “I’m excited to see a different part of the world,” Marciniak said. “I’m interested to see the vehicles from another country and what they’re working with, the different technology.”

      Prior to deployment, 2nd ABCT Soldiers participated in a brigade-wide exercise known as Dagger Focus in the winter, followed by a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in the spring, where they were evaluated for deployment readiness.

     Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, also expressed excitement over the brigade’s opportunity to add to the division’s storied history in Europe.

      “I’m confident that you'll represent the ‘Big Red One’ well,” Martin said. “I’m proud of all that you’ve accomplished and what you will accomplish, and I look forward to welcoming you home at the conclusion of a successful mission.”


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