Fort Carson aviation brigade arrives in Europe for NATO mission
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.