About 450 Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade from Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., are currently deployed to Germany area and operate out of Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany.
The Soldiers and some 25 Black Hawk helicopters are here on a rotational basis as part of the U.S. Army's commitment to the European theater to ensure Army Europe has the right capability to meet training and operational requirements. The unit will help offset the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade who has been restructuring as part of the Army Aviation Restructuring Initiative. The ARI is designed to reorganize and reposition aviation assets across the Army. This initiative implements many cost-saving measures and allows the Army to maintain readiness and modernization across the force.
Each rotating unit is expected to stay about nine months. This rotation is consistent with the Army's Regionally Aligned Force concept, aligning units to support theater requirements. Regional alignment is also synchronized with the Army's new operational concept of winning in a complex world.
Since April, Army Europe has conducted continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Europe.
U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51 country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia. The relationships we build during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.