1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division The official page of the Ready First Brigade. Commander: COL Stephen Fairless
CSM: CSM Joshua R. Bitle Thank you for visiting the READY FIRST Combat Team's page.

We will be constantly updating the page to reflect news and events. Through this page we will link you in to any news stories, photos, or videos done about the RFCT. The 1st Brigade Combat Team "READY FIRST" 1st Armored Division is comprised of the following Battalions:

6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (Blackhawks)
https://www.facebook.com/6.1IronDragoons/

1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment (Spartans)
https://www.facebook.com/1.36IN.BN/

2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment (Iron Dukes)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/54612792040

4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment (Thunderbolts)
https://www.facebook.com/4th-Battalion-70th-Armor-Regiment-11-AD/

2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (Gunners)
https://www.facebook.com/field.gunners/

16th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Catamounts)
https://www.facebook.com/16ENBN/

501st Brigade Support Battalion (Providers)
https://www.facebook.com/501stBrigadeSupportBattalion/

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Operating as usual

Still waiting to get the #COVID19 #vaccine?  It just so happens that tomorrow, we are hosting another Mobile Vaccination...
05/06/2021

Still waiting to get the #COVID19 #vaccine? It just so happens that tomorrow, we are hosting another Mobile Vaccination Team at the Ready First Gym from 1200 to 1400! So if you missed out on the last MVT, we got you covered.

Anyone from our brigade can come down. We hope to see you there!

#BeatCOVID19 #1AD #teambliss #WinningMatters #TogetherWeCan #readiness #ReadyFirst

Still waiting to get the #COVID19 #vaccine? It just so happens that tomorrow, we are hosting another Mobile Vaccination Team at the Ready First Gym from 1200 to 1400! So if you missed out on the last MVT, we got you covered.

Anyone from our brigade can come down. We hope to see you there!

#BeatCOVID19 #1AD #teambliss #WinningMatters #TogetherWeCan #readiness #ReadyFirst

Hey RFCT, let's get this thermometer to raise a little more!  In a couple weeks, we are hosting ANOTHER Mobile Vaccinati...
05/03/2021

Hey RFCT, let's get this thermometer to raise a little more! In a couple weeks, we are hosting ANOTHER Mobile Vaccination Team in our footprint. Let's continue showing Fort Bliss and El Paso why we are Ready First!

The most immediate way through the oscillating COVID-19 cycle is by getting vaccinated. We have plenty of capacity for Soldiers, Families, and Civilians to receive the vaccine.

-Observing a decrease in positive cases will allow for the conditions to change.
-As we see an increase in the vaccinated population, and assuming this will decrease transmission of the virus, we can expect a relaxation of the restrictions for installation personnel.
-Our community numbers are at a plateau, in order to affect the plateau and ultimately lower infections vaccination is the way.
-We have ample supply of the vaccine and have expanded opportunities, and will continue to do so, to receive vaccinations.
-Expanding opportunities for vaccination through mobile vaccination teams in an effort to make it easier for those who want to be vaccinated can do so as quickly as possible.

-UPDATE: Vaccination clinic now open at Freedom Crossing (next to Military Clothing Sales) from 1000-1330 Tuesday through Saturday! Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed!

-Stout Gym vaccination site call 915-742-2273 or make an appointment on www.tricareonline.com.

-Mobile COVID Vaccination (COVAX) Team will be at Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade next week on May 4-5 0930-1400.

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04/27/2021

Good morning Ready First. This week we have a Covid Mobile Vaccination Team in our footprint. This team is administering the #COVID19 #vaccine to anyone in our brigade that would like it. The team is set up at the #ReadyFirst gym from 1000 to 1400 throughout this week.

In combat, we look out for our brothers and sisters to our left and right. This is our chance to do the same thing at home.

#TogetherWeCan #BeatCOVID19. See you there!

#Readiness #WinningMatters #1AD #teambliss #readytofight #HappeningNow

Hey RFCT, Starting Tuesday (27 APRIL) through Friday (30 APRIL) we are bringing a Mobile Vaccination Team to the Brigade...
04/26/2021

Hey RFCT, Starting Tuesday (27 APRIL) through Friday (30 APRIL) we are bringing a Mobile Vaccination Team to the Brigade Footprint. Check out the schedule for the week to see what days are good for you:

TUESDAY, 1000 to 1400 - Any RFCT Soldier.

WEDNESDAY, 1000 to 1100 - 2nd Battalion 37th Armored Regiment
1100 to 1200 - 16th Engineer Battalion
1200 to 1300 - 501st Brigade Support Battalion
1300 to 1400 - 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1/1 AD

THURSDAY, 1000 to 1100 - 2-3 Field Artillery - Gunners
1100 to 1200 - 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment
1200 to 1300 - Any RFCT Soldier
1300 to 1400 - 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment

FRIDAY, 1000 to 1400 - Any RCFT Soldier.

No lines that wrap around the theater. No appointment. Just show up to the Ready First Gym and get your vaccine.

You can even get your second dose as long as you meet the time requirements. See you there!

#fightagainstcoronavirus #Readiness #army #1AD #USArmy #usa #IronSoldier

Hey RFCT, Starting Tuesday (27 APRIL) through Friday (30 APRIL) we are bringing a Mobile Vaccination Team to the Brigade Footprint. Check out the schedule for the week to see what days are good for you:

TUESDAY, 1000 to 1400 - Any RFCT Soldier.

WEDNESDAY, 1000 to 1100 - 2nd Battalion 37th Armored Regiment
1100 to 1200 - 16th Engineer Battalion
1200 to 1300 - 501st Brigade Support Battalion
1300 to 1400 - 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1/1 AD

THURSDAY, 1000 to 1100 - 2-3 Field Artillery - Gunners
1100 to 1200 - 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment
1200 to 1300 - Any RFCT Soldier
1300 to 1400 - 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment

FRIDAY, 1000 to 1400 - Any RCFT Soldier.

No lines that wrap around the theater. No appointment. Just show up to the Ready First Gym and get your vaccine.

You can even get your second dose as long as you meet the time requirements. See you there!

#fightagainstcoronavirus #Readiness #army #1AD #USArmy #usa #IronSoldier

Hey RFCT, we heard some of your questions.  Here are some more facts about the vaccines.  What concerns do YOU have abou...
04/23/2021

Hey RFCT, we heard some of your questions. Here are some more facts about the vaccines.

What concerns do YOU have about the vaccine?

Hey RFCT, we heard some of your questions. Here are some more facts about the vaccines.

What concerns do YOU have about the vaccine?

Hey RFCT, Do you have an idea that you think will help stop harmful behaviors?  We want your voices heard! If you have c...
04/22/2021

Hey RFCT, Do you have an idea that you think will help stop harmful behaviors? We want your voices heard! If you have concepts and solutions to prevent harmful behaviors, we present to you "The Forge". "The Forge" is our version of "Shark Tank" and allows currently serving Iron Soldiers to present their ideas that can be implemented across Fort Bliss and possibly the Army.
A board will review all concepts and a "final 5" will be selected for presentation to a panel of senior leaders from across the installation. Submit your ideas via email in ANY format that best suits your idea. There are no requirements for initial submissions. We look forward to ideas on how to be Ironclad, Together! #IAMIRON

‼ UPDATE: There are only four more days to get your submissions in for the Forge! Submit via email below or by scanning the QR code! EVERYONE can submit! ‼

Iron Soldiers, we want your voices heard! If you have concepts and solutions to prevent harmful behaviors, we present to you "The Forge". "The Forge" is our version of "Shark Tank" and allows currently serving Iron Soldiers to present their ideas that can be implemented across Fort Bliss and possibly the Army.

A board will review all concepts and a "final 5" will be selected for presentation to a panel of senior leaders from across the installation. Submit your ideas via email in ANY format that best suits your idea. There are no requirements for initial submissions. We look forward to ideas on how to be Ironclad, Together! #IAMIRON

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Check out the new information on the Fort Bliss COVID-19 weekly update:New this week:1) Vaccinations for all beneficiari...
04/21/2021

Check out the new information on the Fort Bliss COVID-19 weekly update:
New this week:
1) Vaccinations for all beneficiaries 16 years and older
2) Biggs Park opens daily 10 - 8
3) Child & Youth Services is now open for registrations
4) Commissary now accepts reusable bags
5) Numerous announcements for Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Don't see what you're looking for, there's a "Ask the Experts" box to submit your question.

Check out the new information on the Fort Bliss COVID-19 weekly update:

New this week:
1) Vaccinations for all beneficiaries 16 years and older
2) Biggs Park opens daily 10 - 8
3) Child & Youth Services is now open for registrations
4) Commissary now accepts reusable bags
5) Numerous announcements for Morale, Welfare & Recreation

Don't see what you're looking for, there's a "Ask the Experts" box to submit your question.

Hey RFCT, lots of good information is coming.  See you there!
04/21/2021

Hey RFCT, lots of good information is coming. See you there!

Make a note! 📝 📅 🕕

👀 Looking 👀 for the latest from Fort Bliss leadership concerning COVID-19 🩺, the vaccine 💉, facilities’ status 🏸🏠 ⛪️ 🏫 , the Come to Work Safe, Live Safe Order, and the current posture here?

Fort Bliss senior leadership 👨‍💼 are addressing your questions ❓❓ during a Virtual Town Hall at 6 p.m., 🕕 Thursday, April 22 📅. Be sure to tune in and post your questions once the feed goes live. 🙋

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Hey RFCT, we have good news!For those of you that are looking to get the COVID vaccine, there are some available for you...
04/17/2021

Hey RFCT, we have good news!

For those of you that are looking to get the COVID vaccine, there are some available for you. No appointments necessary. But be quick! Supplies are limited.

What? Covid Vaccines.
Where? Stout Gym.
When? Monday and Tuesday (April 19th and 20th).
Who is this available to? Any Ready First Soldier.

See you there!

Hey RFCT, we have good news!

For those of you that are looking to get the COVID vaccine, there are some available for you. No appointments necessary. But be quick! Supplies are limited.

What? Covid Vaccines.
Where? Stout Gym.
When? Monday and Tuesday (April 19th and 20th).
Who is this available to? Any Ready First Soldier.

See you there!

Not only are Friday's awesome, but so is recognizing our hard working Soldiers from Ready First's own Signaleers!  Today...
04/09/2021

Not only are Friday's awesome, but so is recognizing our hard working Soldiers from Ready First's own Signaleers!

Today, three outstanding Non-Commissioned Officers were inducted into the Bronze Order of Mercury. Soldiers are inducted into the Bronze Order of Mercury for demonstrating moral character, professional competence, and selflessness. They also are Soldiers who have contributed significantly to the promotion of the United States Army Signal Regiment.

The inductees are: Staff Sergeant Morgan Pipes, Staff Sergeant Edward Singleton and Sergeant First Class Jeffery Gary all from Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade, 501st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

#AlwaysWin #leadership #RFCT #WinningMatters #professional #ArmyProfession #usarmy #commitment #1AD #SignalCorps

04/08/2021

Hey RFCT, you got a minute or two? Check out this quick tip video from our very own H2F team. Today we discuss how to safely maximize your deadlift for the ACFT.

Let us know what you think, and what we should talk about next!

We are so grateful to announce that Spec. Perez-Moctezuma has been found safe and unharmed. Thank you to all for keeping...
04/07/2021

We are so grateful to announce that Spec. Perez-Moctezuma has been found safe and unharmed. Thank you to all for keeping her and her family in your thoughts.

‼️ ATTENTION: Fort Bliss, Texas and the City of El Paso, Texas are calling for your help to find missing Soldier Special...
04/07/2021

‼️ ATTENTION: Fort Bliss, Texas and the City of El Paso, Texas are calling for your help to find missing Soldier Specialist Oranda Herminette Perez Moctezuma. She was last seen in downtown El Paso late Sunday evening. She is a Hispanic female, 27-years-old, 5'5" tall, 130 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts or activities prior to her disappearance is asked to please call El Paso police at 915-212-4040 or 9-1-1. ‼️

04/01/2021

Hey RFCT, our Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) leader, Mr Cruz would like to share some information on how we can become a more combat ready brigade. Check out the video and see H2F to get on the schedule for a class or two!

Better hurry, because slots are limited. See you there!

"Being a woman in the Military is empowering and makes me know that I can do whatever I put my mind to."~SPC Kennedy Hud...
03/26/2021

"Being a woman in the Military is empowering and makes me know that I can do whatever I put my mind to."

~SPC Kennedy Hudson, A Co. 501st BSB from New Castle, PA

Since 1948, women have been recognized as full members of the Armed Forces. During Women's History Month, these Soldiers took time to share some thoughts on what being a woman in the military means to them.

"Being a woman in the Military is empowering and makes me know that I can do whatever I put my mind to."

~SPC Kennedy Hudson, A Co. 501st BSB from New Castle, PA

Since 1948, women have been recognized as full members of the Armed Forces. During Women's History Month, these Soldiers took time to share some thoughts on what being a woman in the military means to them.

Hey there, #RFCT, the Ready First Warrior Restaurant is closed this weekend (27-28 March).  So, the Ready First Shuttle ...
03/25/2021

Hey there, #RFCT, the Ready First Warrior Restaurant is closed this weekend (27-28 March). So, the Ready First Shuttle will take you to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division dining facility. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes, so plan accordingly!

Hey there, #RFCT, the Ready First Warrior Restaurant is closed this weekend (27-28 March). So, the Ready First Shuttle will take you to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division dining facility. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes, so plan accordingly!

Army must make progress preventing sexual assault or risk civilian intervention, service secretary saysOP Ironclad Summi...
03/12/2021
Army must make progress preventing sexual assault or risk civilian intervention, service secretary says

Army must make progress preventing sexual assault or risk civilian intervention, service secretary says

OP Ironclad Summit....It’s about soldiers, it’s about readiness, it’s about being ready for the next war. It’s about what kind of Army we have.” said acting Army Secretary John Whitley.

https://www.stripes.com/news/army/army-must-make-progress-preventing-sexual-assault-or-risk-civilian-intervention-service-secretary-says-1.665480

Legislation is looming in Congress that will change the ability of military leaders to oversee cases and could bring “unwarranted consequences,” acting Army Secretary John Whitley said Thursday.

03/11/2021

Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth
In 2016, Capt. Kristen Griest, became the first female Army infantry officer in the nation’s history. A year earlier, Griest and Lt. Shaye Haver (not pictured) were also the first women to graduate from the Army’s famed Ranger School.

#WomeninHistory #history

03/10/2021

The Sexual Harassment\Assault Response Prevention or SHARP program is an Army-wide program for all Military Members and Family members 18 yrs and older. SHARP also provides limited support for Veterans, Department of Army Civilians and visitors to our Fort Bliss installation.

The Fort Bliss SHARP program has both Civilian and Active Duty personnel who are trained and nationally certified by NOVA, the National Office for Victim Assistance, to provide advocacy services, education and program coordination.
#RFCT #operationironclad #teambliss #together

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post
03/10/2021

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post

03/10/2021

Operation Ironclad aims to combat sexual harassment and assault, suicide, and extremist acts through sustained and effective engagement within the Ready First and highlight current efforts and available resources to reestablish trust within the Fort Bliss community.
#army #RFCT #teambliss #operationironclad

03/09/2021

RFCT team remains committed to tackling the corrosives of sexual assault and sexual harassment, suicide and extremism in the ranks and our lives. Operation Ironclad will see us making a difference for the better, and we ask everyone's assistance. #rfct #winningmatters #operationironclad #iamiron #IronSoldiers #AmericasTankDivision #fortbliss

To our Ready First Family, Today, we learned that our scheduled deployment to the National Training Center (NTC) rotatio...
03/09/2021

To our Ready First Family,

Today, we learned that our scheduled deployment to the National Training Center (NTC) rotation 21-07 in April and May will shift. We will no longer deploy to Fort Irwin, CA for NTC 21-07 but will, instead, deploy to NTC 21-10 in September. This decision was made by Army senior leaders based on the need to balance readiness priorities across our Army.

This decision is both disruptive and comes with opportunities for us. We are very aware that this impacts individual soldier and family decisions. We will do our best to address concerns such as PCS timelines, schools, training schedules, and planned vacations. For some of us, this decision is disappointing, as some of our current team will not have the opportunity to conduct this invaluable training with Ready First.

As our Army realigns to this new schedule, we may anticipate that senior leaders will look to Ready First to fulfill other national priority missions within our capability. In the meantime, we will seek to reinvest heavily into our individual-level training, leader development, and maintenance of our equipment and systems.

Most importantly, we will use this as an opportunity to invest in our people in initiatives regarding Operations People First and Ironclad. We will use this time to create better predictability for our team, emphasizing the criticality of engaged leaders that knows our people and eliminate environments permissive to the corrosive elements of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Extremism, and Suicide.

Ready 7 (CSM Josh Bitle) and I are grateful to serve with each and every one of you. Please communicate any concerns this news may bring to your chain of command. We look forward to deploying with you to NTC 21-10 and, subsequently, to wherever the nation calls.

Ready First! Always Win!
Col. Stephen A. Fairless

To our Ready First Family,

Today, we learned that our scheduled deployment to the National Training Center (NTC) rotation 21-07 in April and May will shift. We will no longer deploy to Fort Irwin, CA for NTC 21-07 but will, instead, deploy to NTC 21-10 in September. This decision was made by Army senior leaders based on the need to balance readiness priorities across our Army.

This decision is both disruptive and comes with opportunities for us. We are very aware that this impacts individual soldier and family decisions. We will do our best to address concerns such as PCS timelines, schools, training schedules, and planned vacations. For some of us, this decision is disappointing, as some of our current team will not have the opportunity to conduct this invaluable training with Ready First.

As our Army realigns to this new schedule, we may anticipate that senior leaders will look to Ready First to fulfill other national priority missions within our capability. In the meantime, we will seek to reinvest heavily into our individual-level training, leader development, and maintenance of our equipment and systems.

Most importantly, we will use this as an opportunity to invest in our people in initiatives regarding Operations People First and Ironclad. We will use this time to create better predictability for our team, emphasizing the criticality of engaged leaders that knows our people and eliminate environments permissive to the corrosive elements of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Extremism, and Suicide.

Ready 7 (CSM Josh Bitle) and I are grateful to serve with each and every one of you. Please communicate any concerns this news may bring to your chain of command. We look forward to deploying with you to NTC 21-10 and, subsequently, to wherever the nation calls.

Ready First! Always Win!
Col. Stephen A. Fairless

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Thank you for visiting the READY FIRST Combat Team's page. We will be constantly updating the page to reflect news and events. Through this page we will link you in to any news stories, photos, or videos done about the RFCT. The 1st Brigade Combat Team "READY FIRST" 1st Armored Division is comprised of the following Battalions: 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons) https://www.facebook.com/6.1IronDragoons/ 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment (Thunderbolts) https://www.facebook.com/4th-Battalion-70th-Armor-Regiment-11-AD-116430291711050/ 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment (Spartans) https://www.facebook.com/1.36IN.BN/ 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment (Iron Dukes) https://www.facebook.com/2dBN37AR/ 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (Gunners) https://www.facebook.com/field.gunners/ 16th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Catamounts) https://www.facebook.com/16ENBN/ 501st Brigade Support Battalion (Providers) https://www.facebook.com/501stBrigadeSupportBattalion/ We welcome you to post your comments on our wall but please remember that this is a Family Friendly page. If you do not keep your comments clean, your messages will be removed. Other ground rules to keep in mind: 1. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. 2. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. 3. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. 4. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. 5. Being a "Fan" of this page is NOT like being a "friend" of a person on Facebook. Other "Fans" will NOT be able to see inside your personal profile. 6. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Army or Department of Defense. READY FIRST!

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