The US soldiers of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, stationed in Żagań, have begun their field training operations. At one of the initial stages, live fire training, involving the Abrams main battle tanks cannon, was conducted.
According to the information released by the US Army, Bravo and Charlie elements of the 1st Battalion of the 8th Infantry Regiment, hailing from the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, have begun their training related to a Live Fire Accuracy Screening Test (LFAST). Abrams tanks belonging to the battalion have undergone a calibration of the 120 mm ammunition, with an intention of preparing the weapon for precise live fire.
The ABCT unit involves around 3.5 thousand soldiers who operate more than 80 tanks, more than 140 Bradley IFVs, and more than 400 HMMWV cars, in a variety of versions. The stay of the US forces is going to have a permanent, continuous and rotational profile, and the brigade shifts are going to take place in a way, which would assure that at least a single unit remains in Europe and maintains a proper level of combat readiness. The tanks in question will be involved in training operations all around Poland, they would also continue to be deployed to the remaining states of the NATO Eastern Flank.
The first rotation of the ABCT unit involves 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, normally stationed at Fort Carson in the state of Colorado. The commanding component, as well as the engineering and support battalions of the brigade: the 3rd Battalion of the 29th Artillery Regiment and 4th Battalion of the 10th Cavalry Regiment (reconnaissance unit); are going to be stationed at the military establishments of Żagań, Świętoszów, Skwierzyna and Bolesławiec. Some of the ABCT elements are also going to be sent to a variety of locations of the NATO Eastern Flank area. At the beginning, one of the battalions would operate in the Baltic states, to continue its activities around Europe depending on the needs, another one would be sent to Bulgaria and Romania, and one is going to be moved to Germany.