1st ID troops begin returning home from 9-month Atlantic Resolve deployments
By THE MANHATTAN (KAN.) MERCURY Published: September 29, 2019
MANHATTAN, Kan. (Tribune News Service) — After months overseas in Europe and Afghanistan, thousands of 1st Infantry Division troops are returning home.
Fort Riley-based units are wrapping up nine-month deployments that began in January and February.
Families will welcome 1st Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers at 1 p.m Oct. 19 in Building 863 at Fort Riley. Fort Riley’s website notes that arrival times are subject to change.
Troops from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team returned to the base in mid-September.
Almost 4,000 1st ABCT soldiers and approximately 2,700 1st CAB soldiers deployed to Europe as part of a regular rotation in support of the Atlantic Resolve mission.
Atlantic Resolve’s purpose is to build readiness, increase interoperability and enhance the bonds with partner militaries using multinational training events in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
More than 150 1st Sustainment Brigade headquarters soldiers also have been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, continuing counterterrorism efforts.
Those soldiers are also set to redeploy this fall.