NUREMBERG, Germany-- The first flight of Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived here, July 4, at Albrecht Dürer Airport.

Around 450 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1AD CAB, "Task Force Apocalypse," will operate in USAREUR as the regionally allocated force intended to augment the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, based in Ansbach, Germany. The task force will replace 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, who are the current rotational aviation force assigned to USAREUR.

This rotation is consistent with the Army's Regionally Allocated Forces 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.

The unit will initially operate out of Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany. However, the majority of the Soldiers and their helicopters will then deploy to participate in Operation Atlantic Resolve training exercises taking place in several NATO countries in Eastern Europe.

The Soldiers and around 30 Black Hawk helicopters are here on a rotational basis and are 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 rotation for these Soldiers is expected to last about nine months.

The 127th Aviation Support Battalion, key personnel from the 1AD CAB brigade and ten UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from Charlie Company, 3rd Bn., 501st Avn. Regt., deployed early to Germany for 90 days to participate in Anakonda 16.

U.S. Army Europe conducts continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Europe.

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The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade trains and conducts aviation support across the full spectrum of unified land operations for United States Army Europe, European Command and our allied and NATO partners.