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Posted: February 9, 2018 9:00 a.m.
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Raiders begin deployment

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Sgt. Steven Rosberg of 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, speaks with his son Charlie one last as he prepares to deploy in support of the brigade's rotation to South Korea.

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This week Soldiers of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team departed from Hunter Army Airfield to the Republic of South Korea for a nine-month deployment.

The 1st ABCT will replace the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division as part of a regular rotation of forces in effect since 2015.

The Raider Brigade started preparing for this mission in the spring, conducting individual and crew level training exercises, and in the summer, progressed to force-on-force and combined live-fire exercises. In October, the unit culminated with a rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

"The Raider Brigade has a proud history of answering the nation's call," said Col. Mike Adams, 1ABCT commander. "Our unit recently completed a rigorous training cycle that culminated with a decisive action training environment rotation to the NTC. We are trained and ready to perform our mission as part of a long-standing alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States."

"A big part of our mission is to detour North Korean aggression, partner with the Republic of Korea as well as train and build capacity there," said Maj. Peter Bogart, 1ABCT public affairs officer. "We've been partnered with the Republic of Korea since the 1950s. It's a longtime alliance. This is the first time since the Korean War that a brigade from the 3rd Infantry Division has deployed to Korea."

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