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US Iron Brigade Fires First Rounds In Poland

A round is fired from an M1A2 tank belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd ABCT [US Army: Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr]

Earlier today [16th] US  Army M1A2 tanks belonging to 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, undertook their first Live Fire Accuracy Screening Tests (LFAST) at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland.

The arrival of 3rd Arm. Bde. Cmbt. Tm., 4th Inf. Div., marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armoured brigades in Europe as part of ATLANTIC RESOLVE. The vehicles and equipment, totaling more than 2,700 pieces, were shipped to Poland for certification before being deployed across Europe for use in training with partner nations.

For the uniform buffs – Abrams crew appear to be wearing MultiCam and not Scorpion W2 pattern [US Army: Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr]

This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the US ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. US forces will focus on strengthening capabilities and sustaining readiness through bilateral and multinational training and exercises.

The LFAST process consists of a common or fleet zero for each type of main gun ammunition. Tanks must go through the LFAST process prior to live-fire gunnery training. The tanks, and the soldiers arrived in Poland last week from the United States. The Brigade Combat Team’s 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, will push out to Romania and Bulgaria early next month as part of a nine-month deployment in support of Operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE.

An M1A2 Abrams Tanks of 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ABCT prior to the LFAST [US Army: Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos]

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