Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of 3rd Infantry Division on track to become the U.S. Army’s 15th Armored Brigade Combat Team

When the Department of the Army announced that the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart would become the U.S. Army’s 15th Armored Brigade Combat Team, the Spartan team initiated the planning process and went straight to work.

Converting a light infantry brigade into an armored brigade is a major undertaking that requires thorough planning and disciplined execution.

“We address conversion like any other operational mission,” explained Capt. Joe Amico, brigade conversion planner. “First we began by outlining key milestones, coordinating resources and sequencing fielding and training schedules.”

Even though the brigade is not scheduled to deploy within the next year, they will continue to train and prepare to attend the National Training Center (NTC) in the Spring of 2019.

“We are using our deployment to the NTC in 2019 as the target and backward plan from there,” said Amico.

The Spartan Brigade will again become an armored brigade combat team (ABCT) after being an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) for the last two years.
Organizational requirements to convert were driven by the changing global landscape. Dynamic political and military behaviors throughout the world cause adjustments to the menu of options U.S. commanders need to prevent, shape and win against determined adversaries.

“Armored forces are in high demand and this adjustment increases capacity available for the Army and combatant commanders to meet strategic requirements,” explained the brigade commander, Col. James K. Dooghan.

The brigade’s structure will shift from three light infantry battalions to being centered around three combined arms battalions with a fleet of Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.

“Bringing speed, precision fires and overwhelming combat power to bear on the enemy is at the heart of what it means to be an ABCT,” said Dooghan.
A return to a proud history.

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