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1st ID troops begin returning home from 9-month Atlantic Resolve deployments

Scouts from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division case their colors in a traditional ceremony signifying their completed tenure for Atlantic Resolve at Grafenwoehr, Germany, on September 13, 2019. During the "casing of the colors" ceremony, held by U.S. Army commands, brigades and regiments, the guidon of that unit is wrapped up and packed away in preparation for the unit's movement to their next assigned location.

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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.

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