Thursday, February 08, 2018

Heavy Armor "Immediate Response Company"...the US Army is rebuilding it's rapid deployment capability...

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, put their training into action Jan. 25, loading their M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles onto trains at Fort Riley's Camp Funston. 
Just over 24 hours earlier, Company C, 3rd Bn., 66th Armor Regt., was notified that it would soon be moving out to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. There the company will join up with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Hood, Texas, for about two weeks of combat training.
"This is a great training opportunity for us to work with another brigade and practice rapid deployment and integration," said Capt. Thomas Mussmann, commander of Co. C. "We'll be the only armor unit on the ground for friendly (forces) when we get out to NTC, so we expect to get used a lot."
Co. C is an immediate response company, meaning the unit is constantly building readiness so that it can deploy rapidly for a variety of missions.
"The goal is that this company is ready to deploy anywhere, anytime, any mission in a short time span," Mussmann, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, said.

Immediate Response Company?

Wow.  It looks like the Army is rebuilding its rapid deployment capability.  It's always had in place its airborne forces.  Rangers are pure SOCOM now so that piece is missing but not all the light infantry went Stryker so they had capability there...and now we see heavy armor getting into the game.

Who knew but it appears that Rapid Deployment Forces are back in style with the US Army.

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