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1ST ARMORED DIVISION

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1st Armored Division – America’s Tank Division, is an active component, U.S. Army, armored division located at Fort Bliss, Texas, consisting of approximately 17,000 highly-trained Soldiers and with a lethal mix of combat capabilities, including tanks, artillery, attack helicopters, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, transport helicopters and robust sustainment capabilities.

Also known as “Old Ironsides,” the 1st Armored Division is commanded by an Army, two-star general, and consists of the division headquarters element, three Armored Brigade Combat Teams, a Combat Aviation Brigade, a Divisional Artillery Brigade; a Division Sustainment Brigade and other separate battalions and units.

America’s Tank Division routinely conducts operations in support of U.S. military geographic combatant commands including AFRICOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, INDOPACOM and SOUTHCOM areas of operation and is currently supporting missions in 20 countries on five continents.

MISSION

When directed, 1st Armored Division deploys and defeats our nation’s enemies to support national objectives, fully prepared to exercise mission command of Army, Joint, and Multi-National forces as a U.S. division or as a Joint Task Force (JTF).

COMMANDER'S INTENT

The 1st Armored Division is a value based, fit, and cohesive team led by expert leaders focused on readiness and continuing the Division's legacy of "America's Tank Division."

THE IRON 6 PRIORITIES

1AD and Installation priorities:

  • People: Recruiting talent, caring for our People, and improved quality of life through LOE 1: IRONCLAD.
  • Readiness: Ready to compete now and, if needed, fight and win through LOE 2: IRON READY.
  • Modernization: Focusing on modernization and experimentation to build future readiness through LOE 3: IRON FORGE.

1AD Brigades priorities:

  • Lead: Know your Soldiers, keep them informed, make their lives predictable.
  • Maintain: Maintenance programs IAW SOPs, proficiency in PMCS, JBCP, and maintenance meetings.
  • Train: Lethality IAW TC 3-20.0, UTM, detailed training schedules. 

HISTORY

The 1st Armored Division, nicknamed "Old Ironsides," is the oldest, most recognizable armor division in the United States Army. As part of the mechanization of the U.S. Army and the buildup for World War II, cavalry and reconnaissance units were brought together to form the 1st Armored Division, July 15, 1940, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

On May 11, 1942, the 1st Armored Division left the U.S. and five days later were training in Northern Ireland. On Oct. 29, 1942, Old Ironsides moved to England to depart for North Africa.

The 1st Armored Division's first contact with an enemy was as part of the Allied invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch, Nov. 8, 1942. The Allies received unexpected resistance from Vichy-French units. Old Ironsides then advanced toward Tunisia. In January 1943, Old Ironsides, as part of II Corps, received the mission of defending central Tunisia against an Axis counterattack. After three months, the Allies could finally claim victory in North Africa. Old Ironsides then moved to Naples, Italy, Oct. 28, 1943, to support the Allied effort there.

In June 1945, Old Ironsides moved to Germany as part of the occupying force. 1st Armored Division deactivated, April 25, 1946. Almost five years later, on March 7, 1951, 1st Armored Division reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.

The 1st Armored Division moved to Germany in 1971, and based in the West German city of Ansbach. The division remained in Germany for the next 20 years as part of the American forces committed to a NATO defense of Europe.

In November 1990, Old Ironsides deployed 17,400 Soldiers to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield. On Feb. 24, 1991, the 1st Armored Division crossed into Iraq to begin Operation Desert Storm as the leading unit in VII Corps' main flanking attack.

The 1st Armored Division deployed twice between 1995 and 1999. The first deployment, in 1995, sent the Iron Soldiers to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. Four years later, 1st Armored Division received orders to become part of Operation Allied Force in Albania and Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.

On March 4, 2003, 1st Armored Division received orders to participate in the global war on terrorism. By April 15, the Iron Soldiers moved out to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Task Force 1st Armored Division was the largest division-based task force in U.S. Army history. Brigade Combat Teams from 1st Armored Division have deployed multiple times since 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure commission determined the 1st Armored Division should leave their home bases in Germany and move to Fort Bliss, Texas. The division officially uncased its colors at Fort Bliss, May 13, 2011.

In June 2017, the 1st Armored Division Headquarters and the Division Artillery Headquarters deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The division headquarters assumed command of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command and with coalition and Iraqi partnered forces made enormous progress denying ISIS aspirations. During the nine-month deployment, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command, led by the 1st Armored Division, defeated insurgent counterattacks, reclaimed thousands of square kilometers and significantly weakened the ISIS terror infrastructure in Iraq. The CJFLCC helped set the conditions for the Government of Iraq to announce the liberation of Iraq from ISIS in December 2017. The 1st Armored Division Headquarters and Division Artillery redeployed to Fort Bliss in March 2018.

  • Major General James P. Isenhower III
    Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Major General James P. Isenhower III
  • Major General James P. Isenhower III

    Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    Maj. Gen. Jim Isenhower assumed duties as the Commander of the 1st Armored Division and the Senior Commander of Fort Bliss, Texas, in July 2022.

    Maj. Gen. Isenhower was commissioned in 1992 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He was first assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as a rifle platoon leader, anti-tank platoon leader, support platoon leader, rifle company executive officer, and Brigade S3 Air.

    In 1996, he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood (known as Fort Cavazos since April 2023), Texas, where he served as a brigade adjutant, an M1A2 tank company commander and later as a tank battalion headquarters and headquarters company commander.

    After advanced civil schooling at Duke University, he served from 2002-2004 as an instructor and assistant professor in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy, where he taught American History and the History of U.S. Foreign Relations.

    In 2005, Maj. Gen. Isenhower was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division as a squadron operations officer. In 2006, the brigade reflagged to the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and re-stationed to Vilseck, Germany, where he served as a squadron executive officer, the regimental operations officer, and later as the regimental executive officer.

    In 2009, Maj. Gen. Isenhower assumed command of a Stryker reconnaissance squadron in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Following command, he served as the executive officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific, at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, until 2012. A distinguished graduate of the National War College in 2013, Maj. Gen. Isenhower was subsequently assigned to the Joint Staff and the Pentagon as a special assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    From 2015-2017, he commanded the 189th Infantry Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. In 2017, he returned to Hawaii where he served as the executive officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific. In 2018, he was assigned to the Pentagon and Headquarters, Department of the Army where he served as the executive officer to the Director of the Army Staff. In 2019, he returned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the Deputy Division Commander (Support) for the 1st

    Cavalry Division. In 2020, he returned to JBLM where he was assigned as the

    Commander, Multi-Domain Task Force.

    Maj. Gen. Isenhower’s operational deployments include Operations Safe Haven and

    Safe Passage in Panama in 1995, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina from

    1998-1999, and Operation Yudh Abhyas, a combined training event, in India in 2009.

    His combat deployments include three tours in Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi

    Freedom and New Dawn in Mosul, Baghdad, and the Diyala Province.

    Maj. Gen. Isenhower’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the

    Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the

    National War College. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, an MS from the

    National War College, and an MA and PhD from Duke University.

  • Command Sergeant Major James L. Light
    Command Sergeant Major, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Command Sergeant Major James L. Light
  • Command Sergeant Major James L. Light

    Command Sergeant Major, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    Command Sgt. Maj. James L. Light enlisted in the Army on Nov. 14, 1996, and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

    Light has held every leadership position, from tank gunner to brigade command sergeant major. Additionally, he has served as a battalion master gunner, brigade equal opportunity advisor, and senior military science instructor. Most recently, he served as the command sergeant major for 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry; 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade; and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

    His stateside assignments include Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Moore (known as Fort Benning prior to 2023) , Georgia; Fort Cavazos (known as Fort Hood prior to 2023), Texas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; University of North Georgia; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Novosel (known as Fort Rucker prior to 2023), Alabama. His overseas assignments include Korea and Germany. His deployments include Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq (2), Afghanistan (2), and Regionally Aligned Force missions to Korea and Eastern Europe.

    Light's military and civilian education include all levels of NCOPDS, the M1A1 Master Gunner Course, the Equal Opportunity Management Course, the Air Assault Course, the Instructor Course, and the Master Resiliency Trainer Course. He also holds an associate degree in applied technologies from Central Texas College.

    Light's awards and decorations include most notably the Legion of Merit (2nd award), the Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), the Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th award), the Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

  • Brigadier Andrew Ridland
    Deputy Commanding General - Maneuver, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Brigadier Andrew Ridland
  • Brigadier Andrew Ridland 

    Deputy Commanding General - Maneuver, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    After graduating from Edinburgh University, Andrew Ridland commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 2000 and spent his early career specialising in both armoured and light-role infantry, seeing active service in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and two tours of Iraq. Away from the Regiment he served as ADC to GOC 5 Div and as a G3 officer in the Operations Centre of the Army Headquarters.

    Following Staff College, he spent two years in the Ministry of Defence working in Army Resources and Plans, where he was heavily involved in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. He then commanded A Company 3 Rifles, which included an operational deployment to Afghanistan on Op Herrick 16, before taking over as Chief of Staff 20th Armoured Brigade in Germany. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he attended the Joint Forces Staff College in the United States, before returning to the Ministry of Defence as Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations). He then commanded 5 Rifles, an Armoured Infantry Battlegroup, which included leading the first multi-national NATO Battlegroup in Estonia on Op Cabrit 1 in 2017. On promotion to the General Staff, he served as Colonel Army Plans in the Ministry of Defence, conducting the 2020 Defence Review, before assuming the role of AH Org in the Strategic Centre of the Army Headquarters, responsible for implementing the structural changes to the British Army under Future Soldier.

    He is a graduate of both U.K. and U.S. Staff Colleges, having attended the Joint Advanced Warfare School in Norfolk and has a master’s degree in Strategy and Joint Campaign Planning.

  • Brigadier General Alric L. Francis
    Deputy Commanding General - Operations, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Brigadier General Alric L. Francis
  • Brigadier General Alric L. Francis

    Deputy Commanding General - Operations, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    Brig. Gen. Alric L. Francis currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General – Operations of 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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  • Colonel Paul T. Krattiger
    Deputy Commanding Officer - Support, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Colonel Paul T. Krattiger
  • Colonel Paul T. Krattiger

    Deputy Commanding Officer - Support, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    Paul Krattiger is an Armor Officer commissioned in 1997 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His command assignments include Tank and Scout Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood (known as Fort Cavazos since April 2023), Texas, and Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ground Cavalry Troop Commander, C Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, and Iraq; and Commander, 1st Battalion, 5th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood and the Republic of Korea.

    Col. Krattiger’s company-grade staff assignments include Company Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood; Squadron Adjutant and Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.

    COL Krattiger’s field-grade staff assignments include Instructor and later Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy; Executive Officer, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, and BCT Executive Officer, 2nd BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, and Kandahar, Afghanistan. His most recent assignment was as the Executive Officer for the Army Vice Chief of Staff in the Pentagon.

    He currently serves as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Support for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.

    COL Krattiger is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Scout Platoon Leader and Cavalry Leaders Courses; Combined Arms Service and Staff School; the Command and General Staff College; and the Army War College Fellowship at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His Bachelor of Science degree is in Economics, and he has a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University.

    COL Krattiger’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and Army Parachutist Badge.

  • Colonel David A. Norris
    Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss
    Colonel David A. Norris
  • Colonel David A. Norris

    Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

    Col. Dave Norris assumed duties as the Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas, in July 2023.

    Col. Norris was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1999 after graduating from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning (known as Fort Moore since April 2023), Georgia.

    In 1999, he was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, serving as Platoon Leader, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Assistant S3, in 75th FA Brigade. In 2003, he assumed command of Mobile Exploitation Team Charlie, 75th Exploitation Task Force.

    From 2004-2008, he served as Assistant S-3, Squadron Fire Support Officer, and Battery Commander assigned to 3rd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Cavazos (known as Fort Hood prior to 2023), Texas.

    In 2008, he served as a Small Group Leader at the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, Fort Sill.

    From 2010-2014, he served as Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion S3, Battalion XO, and Brigade XO, 3rd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Cavazos.

    In 2014, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, he served as a Joint Fires and Targeting Planner for the Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command.

    In 2016, Col. Norris assumed command of 4-27 FA, 2nd ABCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

    In 2018, COL Norris assumed command of 4th Battalion, 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Liberty (known as Fort Bragg prior to 2023), North Carolina.

    In 2020, a distinguished graduate of the United States Army War College, he subsequently assumed command of 75th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill.

    COL Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Arts from Webster University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College.

    COL Norris’s combat deployments include six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

Precision Retention Frequently Asked Questions

What is Precision Retention?

Precision Retention is designed to sustain unit readiness and force alignment through the reenlistment and reclassification of Soldiers. Precision Retention is broken down into two parts:

  • Overages: This identifies Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) that are over strength and require reclassification out of the MOS to achieve force alignment across the Army.
  • Shortages: This identifies MOSs that are under strength and offers Soldiers promotion opportunities and monetary incentives for reclassification into an MOS.

 

I am not in my reenlistment window; can I still change my MOS under Precision Retention?

  • Yes! Soldiers not in their reenlistment window, as defined by Army G-1 Retention, are highly encouraged to submit voluntary reclassification requests with the Servicing Career Counselor.

Do I keep my promotable status in the new MOS?

  • Yes! You will keep your promotable status when you reclass to your new MOS.

What happens if I get promoted in my MOS and am no longer Precision Retention?

  • If your skill level in your current MOS is not identified as Precision Retention, you may stay in your current MOS. See your Servicing Career Counselor for individual cases.

I'm currently on a temporary profile, can I reclass?

  • Retention cannot schedule Soldiers to attend training while on a temporary profile.

Can I volunteer for Drill or Recruiting while my MOS is identified as Precision Retention?

  • You are unlikely to be selected for a broadening assignment while identified as Precision Retention. If you are selected for a broadening assignment and need to meet a Service Remaining Requirement, you must be processed under Precision Retention guidelines.

I am a 19D, what are my reclassification options?

  • All 19D1 and 19D2 Soldiers may reclassify into MOSs 19C and 19K with no training required. The Chief of Armor has waived the formal training requirement for this reclassification. Airborne qualified Soldiers serving in MOSs 19D1 and 19D2 (non-promotable SGTs only) are eligible to reclassify into MOS 11B with no training required. Qualified Soldiers will be placed on assignment to an Airborne position upon reclassification to 11B. For any MOSs not listed above, see your Servicing Career Counselor.

I am a 31B, what are my reclassification options?

  • All soldiers with the 31B1 or 31B2 designation who hold the Additional Skill Identifiers (ASIs) D7, V5, or Q9 are eligible to reenlist or extend their service as a 31B. If a soldier does not possess any of these qualifying ASIs, they are required to submit a request for reclassification into a new MOS. For this process, they should consult with their Servicing Career Counselor.

Please contact your respective Senior Career Counselor for additional questions

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