Blackjack brigade

Military vehicles for the upcoming deployment are loaded on a boat headed for Europe.

Leaders from the 1st Cavalry Division are scheduled to case the colors of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at Cooper Field, according to a Friday afternoon press release from Fort Hood.

The Blackjack Brigade will deploy to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve.

The brigade will go to multiple locations in Europe to “conduct multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners,” according a previous release.

More than 3,500 soldiers are expected to deploy with approximately 85 Abrams tanks, 135 Bradleys, 15 Paladins and other vehicles for the nine-month rotation.

On the unit’s Facebook page, a photo showed vehicles loading onto a ship preparing to cross the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week.

The brigade will be primarily based in Germany and Poland, and train in nearby countries, including Lithuania, according to officials. The unit will deploy alongside the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Prior Fort Hood units to deploy in support of Atlantic Resolve in the past five years included 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd Battalion, 227th Assault Helicopter Regiment, Task Force Spearhead; 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division.