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US soldiers during gunnery at Fort Bliss in Texas, December 7, 2018.

How US soldiers keep Abrams tanks ready for action in the Middle East

At Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 in Kuwait, soldiers keep a massive set of equipment ready so rapidly deploying units can move faster.
Finnish Colonel Kari Nisula, the exercise commander from the Finnish Army, awards four US Marines with gifts for their participation and leadership in Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland, May 18, 2018.

Marines took tanks out of secret caves to do military exercises near Russia’s northern border for the first time

Amid rising tensions in Europe, NATO members and their neighbors are working closer together to maintain military readiness, and the Marine Corps' first visit to Finland underscores the trend.
Troopers with Delta Tank Company, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, fire a main gun round at a target during unit gunnery, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 29, 2018.

The Army is adding more armor to counter Russia, and soldiers are already testing their new tanks out

The Army wants more tanks to deploy to Europe, where tensions with Russia are running high.
A M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank fires at a target to qualify for Anakonda 16.

The Army wants to give its tanks a high-tech defensive upgrade by 2020

The Army has been evaluating active-protection systems for some time, and other militaries already field them.

Photos from the Army’s ‘Iron Brigade’ show how much power the M1 Abrams tank is packing

Members of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team from the 4th Infantry Division have been in Europe this year, putting the Abrams through its paces.
A US soldier guides an M1 Abrams tank from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, off ARC vessel Endurance at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, May 20, 2018.

The Army’s Ironhorse Brigade is taking a new route to its station in Europe, and it’s another sign the US is preparing to fight on the con...

The US Army's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, from the 1st Cavalry Division, arrived in Europe this week, and its using its trip to its new base to train for potential military operations on the continent.