WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Army announced today the early 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade will replace the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Combat Aviation Brigade as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

"The 'Iron Eagles' look forward to working with our Afghan and regional partners. We are a trained combat aviation brigade, which is prepared to conduct a full range of operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. I have the utmost confidence in our soldiers and leaders and know they are prepared and ready to support this mission," said Col. Jay Hopkins, commander of 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade.

For more information contact the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss public affairs officer, Lt. Col. Crystal Boring, crystal.x.boring.mil@mail.mil, or by phone at 915-744-8406.