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With CBRN munitions raining down around them the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division along with the help of the 2nd Chemic...
10/08/2021

With CBRN munitions raining down around them the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division along with the help of the 2nd Chemical Battalion (United States) recently completed Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center. As we expected they rose to the challenge of one of the toughest training opportunities they will ever face. Read the full story below to learn how our #ReadyFirst brigade Soldiers maintained their status as an elite fighting force and have proven themselves able to face any situation thrown at them.

Soldiers overcome all hazards during combat rotation at National Training Center
20th CBRNE Command
Story by Walter Ham

1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, overcame all hazards during a large scale combat operations exercise at the National Training Center, Sept 15 – 28.
The Fort Hood, Texas-based battalion and Fort Bliss, Texas-based brigade participated in Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the nation’s premier ground combat training center.

Across California’s Mojave Desert, U.S. Army combat units hone their skills against opposition forces from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the decisive action rotations designed to keep them ready for any contingency or conflict.

As the U.S. Army transitions from decades of counterinsurgency operations, training rotations are focused on preparing maneuver units for large scale combat operations against an enemy that could use chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is part of the 1st Armored Division, also known as “Old Ironsides.” The 2nd Chemical Battalion is part of the Fort Hood, Texas-based 48th Chemical Brigade and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRNE) Command.

Headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command has Soldiers and civilians stationed on 19 bases in 16 states who deploy around the world to take on CBRNE threats in support of military operations and domestic civil authorities.

Maj. Chris A. Chavis, the 2nd Chemical Battalion operations officer, said Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 was one of the largest rotations at NTC since1985 and included an unprecedented amount of CBRN munitions used on a rotational unit. The battalion began preparing for the training rotation with the 1st ABCT earlier this year.

The rotation presented many dilemmas to the entire 1st ABCT team to include fighting against a peer-like competitor with a robust CBRN delivery capability, said Chavis.

“This was my forth NTC rotation in my career and by far the most CBRNE intensive training experience at a Combat Training Center,” said Chavis, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran from Niceville, Florida.

Chavis said the battalion adapted quickly by designating pre-determined decontamination elements to areas of the battlefield instead of focusing on particular units, while keeping the brigade elements informed.
Sharing the information with all elements within the brigade area of operations better prepared the units to confront and defeat CBRN threats, said Chavis.

The 2nd Chemical Battalion has both decontamination and Weapons of Mass Destruction elimination capabilities with Hazard Assessment Platoons and CBRNE Response Teams that can limit enemy CBRN research and development capabilities. The battalion’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles also provide early warning, detection and surveillance of CBRN threats on the battlefield.

“These capabilities will no doubt save lives and protect the force in order to maintain the lethality of our Soldiers in the next large scale combat operations environment,” said Chavis.

Col. Stephen A. Fairless, the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, said the 2nd Chemical Battalion played an instrumental role during the rotation.

“The Soldiers of 2nd Chemical Battalion, the Red Dragons, not only participated in one of the largest decisive action NTC rotations in recent memory, through their contributions to NTC 21-10, they immeasurably improved the readiness of our brigade as we prepare for a rotational deployment to the Republic of Korea. It was a true privilege to integrate with and learn from the Red Dragons team,” said Fairless, a native of Flint, Michigan, who has commanded the “Ready First” brigade since July 24, 2020.

Have you ever dreamed of riding in a tank? Here is your chance. Join us to celebrate the proud lineage of the 1st Armore...
10/02/2021

Have you ever dreamed of riding in a tank? Here is your chance.

Join us to celebrate the proud lineage of the 1st Armored Division during Torch Week on 2-5 November, 2021.

Watch America's Tank Division Soldiers compete in multiple competitions to see who is the best of the best.

Learn about the history of 1AD during the event while listening to historical speakers and watching reenactments.

Events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with the awards ceremony being held on Friday at 11 a.m.

We are excited to open this up to the public and we hope to see you there.

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Have you ever dreamed of riding in a tank? Here is your chance.

Join us to celebrate the proud lineage of the 1st Armored Division during Torch Week on 2-5 November, 2021.

Watch America's Tank Division Soldiers compete in multiple competitions to see who is the best of the best.

Learn about the history of 1AD during the event while listening to historical speakers and watching reenactments.

Events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with the awards ceremony being held on Friday at 11 a.m.

We are excited to open this up to the public and we hope to see you there.

1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Artillery 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss U.S. Army Fort Bliss

The 1st Armored Division ball is on for November 5, 2021 at the Fort Bliss Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Tic...
09/29/2021

The 1st Armored Division ball is on for November 5, 2021 at the Fort Bliss Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Tickets are limited so get yours now. Prices for tickets are $63 for E7 and above and $20 for E6 and below.

Don't miss your chance to have a night out with your significant other or your friends. Babysitters will be available if enough people sign up. Get with your brigade rep listed in the flyer for details.

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade 1AD Divarty, Fort Bliss, U.S. Army Fort Bliss

The 1st Armored Division ball is on for November 5, 2021 at the Fort Bliss Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Tickets are limited so get yours now. Prices for tickets are $63 for E7 and above and $20 for E6 and below.

Don't miss your chance to have a night out with your significant other or your friends. Babysitters will be available if enough people sign up. Get with your brigade rep listed in the flyer for details.

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade 1AD Divarty, Fort Bliss, U.S. Army Fort Bliss

09/28/2021

It is because of Volunteerism that so many receive essential items they need to get by. It is because of our Community, our volunteer organizations and volunteers that items get collected for those in need. It is a herculean effort to undertake and many are raising their hands to pitch in.

Since mid-August, through the donation process and volunteer work essential items have been placed in the hands of those who need them most.

It is with a grateful heart that we thank each and every one of you for your devotion.

If anyone wants more details on how to contribute, check out the video from Asymca El Paso for more details.

September is Su***de Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on a stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Th...
09/24/2021

September is Su***de Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on a stigmatized, and often taboo, topic.
The goal of #operationironclad is ensuring individuals, friends and families have access to the resources needed to discuss su***de prevention and seek help.

September is Su***de Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on a stigmatized, and often taboo, topic.
The goal of #operationironclad is ensuring individuals, friends and families have access to the resources needed to discuss su***de prevention and seek help.

09/24/2021

September is Su***de Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic.

In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by su***de.

The goal of #OperationIronclad is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss su***de prevention and seek help.

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09/22/2021

Maj. Gen. Gilland, III Corps deputy commanding general, took a trip to U.S. Army Fort Bliss to observe our support in #OperationAlliesWelcome.

As Operation Allies Welcome is in full swing, thousands of Afghan evacuees are temporarily housed, given medical assistance and provided general support at Fort Bliss’ Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico. As they adjust to life beyond what they once knew, soldiers assist in their transition.

#peoplefirst #OperationAlliesRefuge 1st Armored Division Band Fort Bliss

09/21/2021

The "Iron Six" -
1) Care for our Soldiers, DA Civilians and their Families.
2) Develop Leaders, Train and inspire proficient, confident, empathetic, and engaged leaders who lead exceptionally well today and who are prepared for the leadership challenges of the future.
3) Build and maintain cohesive and disciplined teams, with strong foundations of trust and mutual respect.
4) Master the fundamentals
5) Train lethal crews, squads, platoons and companies/batteries/troops.
6) BE READY! Maintain and internalize a culture of readiness.

Check out 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division living the "Iron Six". We're proud to serve with you.

#Ironsoldiers #Readiness 2nd Infantry Division

09/18/2021
Army Black Knights honor 1st Armored Division as they face off against the UConn Huskies

ITS ON, #IRONSOLDIERS!

Watch the Army Black Knights (3-0) face off against the UConn huskies (0-2), today at 10:00 MST on CBS Sports.

Let's hear it for Army's Team!

1st Armored Division says - GO ARMY BEAT UCONN!

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09/17/2021
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

“Until they all come home."

On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we present to you the story of the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency and their quest to bring our service members home.

#USArmy video by the DMA Army Team.

09/17/2021

U.S. Army Soldiers inspire us every day, here are a few #ironsoldiers inspiring a younger generation. Together, we're creating an environment to welcome our Afghan guests and give them opportunities to succeed. #OperationAlliesWelcome

Thanks for all you do, everyday.

#IronSoldiers! Past and Present - West Point - The U.S. Military Academy wears the 1st Armored Division patch this weeke...
09/15/2021

#IronSoldiers! Past and Present - West Point - The U.S. Military Academy wears the 1st Armored Division patch this weekend for their game. Cheer on your team.

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“Old Ironsides!”

This Saturday, Army football will honor the 1st Armored Division by wearing a decal with the unit patch on their helmets.

The 1st Armored Division, nicknamed "Old Ironsides," is the oldest and most recognizable armor division in the United States Army. It was the first armored division to see combat in World War II, and is currently based in Fort Bliss, Texas. The insignia is designed from the triangular coat-of-arms of the American World War II Tank Corps. The yellow, blue, and red colors of the shoulder sleeve insignia represent the combined arms nature of the armored division (Armor, Infantry, and Artillery).

Superimposed on the triangle is the insignia of the former Seventh Cavalry Brigade (Mechanized), the predecessors of the Old Ironsides. The tank track represents mobility and armor protection, the gun denotes firepower, and the chain of lightening symbolizes speed and shock action, and the Arabic numeral in the apex of the triangle indicates the First Armor Division.

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Thanks DCSM, you keep us updated on the best of the best, as always.Hey #ironsoldiers, check out 1st Brigade, 1st Armore...
09/14/2021

Thanks DCSM, you keep us updated on the best of the best, as always.

Hey #ironsoldiers, check out 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division at the Operations Group, National Training Center for their rotation.

Be awesome, Ready First!

Medical readiness is a part of the process for Operation Allies Welcome and Task Force Bliss ensures each Afghan evacuee...
09/14/2021

Medical readiness is a part of the process for Operation Allies Welcome and Task Force Bliss ensures each Afghan evacuee has sufficient medical care during their stay at Doña Ana.

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State partner with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to welcome Afghans and give them basic needs and care. This team of teams approach enables our Afghan guests to have a head start before they inevitably finish the Special Immigrant Visa process and transition to their new homes.

Doña Ana village is equipped with one role 2 medical facility and two role 1 aid stations. A role 2 facility provides essential medical care like X-rays, laboratories, dental support and treatment capabilities to aid in the application process.

Task Force Bliss took on this mission August 21st and have worked around the clock to enable this important mission.

09/13/2021

The Military Police are a small part of what makes Operation Allies Welcome at Fort Bliss a true team effort. They maintain a safe and secure environment for our Afghan guests as part of Task Force Bliss.

Doña Ana village can support 10,000 Afghan evacuees, which is a large population to keep safe, but our MP's are up to the challenge. The MP's support the overall concept of OAW, which is to integrate all Afghans into the U.S. safely.

OAW is a Department of Homeland Security led mission with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) along with numerous non-governmental organizations to support evacuees fleeing Afghanistan.

09/11/2021

In Remembrance of Patriot Day
343 Firefighters and paramedics
50 Police Officers
78 Countries
Nearly 10,000 injured
2,977 Lost

Twenty years later we reflect and remember all those lost and injured in those years.

We will never forget.

Every day on this mission we make a difference. As Afghan evacuees make their way through the process of becoming Specia...
09/08/2021

Every day on this mission we make a difference. As Afghan evacuees make their way through the process of becoming Special Immigrant Visa holders, the Soldiers of Task Force Bliss have a very important role. Familiar relationships and friendships bud and like any child, they want to play, be recognized and loved. Our Soldiers have the opportunity to give the first impression into a new country to allow them to experience first-hand American customs like a “high five.”
Task Force Bliss does not just provide medical care, food, shelter and other basic needs. They provide the humanity of Americans. Our mission is to enable their safety and space to complete their integration to the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Army North (Fifth Army), U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Army Fort Bliss, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

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My father Robert G. Von Staden in 1940 during maneuvers in Lousianna...1st Armored div....He was the only one to start the war (North Africa) and end the war (Arno valley) with his division. H had 365 days of actual combat.....
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I treasure my time in the 1st AD. Both as a Cold Warrior and as a member of the force that fought in Desert Shield / Desert Storm. Iron Soldier for life!
From a 1971 Fourth Armored Division Association, New York Chapter publication.
March 1991 edition of Ironsides.
Coming Soon. A new book from Blocker Publishing titled "Line of Duty: Yes". In the book, we honor a member of your Division during WWII from his time at Wakeman General Hospital. I discovered the manuscript created by my mother, Dr. Virginia Blocker after 75 years. My father Truman G. Blocker Jr, MD performed many of the new incredible restorative surgical procedures to for fourteen of these brave soldiers to a normal life. Captain Kersting's interview and testimony is compelling. Any comments before the release in early February would be appreciated.
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God and His Creation. This link has something for our veterans, 1st Armored Division, pastors, community leaders, youth, political leaders, and many others. It's funny, serious and everything in between. https://www.facebook.com/CountryGold/videos/375832387092929 Thank you WKRK in Murphy, NC for making this happen. Gary Chamberlain - Vietnam 1967