Fort Carson aviation brigade arrives in Europe for NATO mission

The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division in Colorado, deploys helicopters in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. On May 16, 2018, the 4th CAB began aircraft movement to the Port of Beaumont, Texas, where they were loaded on a vessel for transport to Europe.


By WILL MORRIS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 20, 2018

Helicopters and equipment from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, arrived Wednesday at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, to begin a nine-month rotation in Europe as part of a NATO mission to deter potential Russian aggression.

On Wednesday night, 64 aircraft, including UH-60 Black Hawk, HH-60 Pave Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters will begin offloading from the cargo ship Endurance, military officials said. Apache helicopters will be arriving sometime later this month.

“The helicopters will be reconfigured for flight starting tomorrow, then will do a test flight and begin moving to Illesheim, Germany,” said Master Sgt. Daniel W. Bailey, 21st Theater Sustainment Command spokesman.

The Fort Carson, Colo.-based unit is deploying some 1,700 soldiers in support of operation Atlantic Resolve. An advance team left Colorado for Europe on June 12.

The 4th CAB replaces the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, of Fort Hood, Texas, which arrived in October.

Late last month, 3,000 soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, the ground contingent of Atlantic Resolve, arrived in Europe to start their nine-month rotation as part of the NATO mission.

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Members of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct a Foreign Object Debris walk ensuring that there is nothing on the ground which could be stirred up by helicopter blades when the aircraft arrive in Ilesheim, Germany on June 17, 2018.

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