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US Army's Spartan Brigade preparing for training rotation with newest ground combat vehicles

An M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tank assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, fires during the last day of Table VI operator new equipment training event at Fort Stewart, Georgia, in September 2022. (US Army)

US Army soldiers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, also dubbed the Spartan Brigade, were recently the first to completely divest of older, legacy combat vehicles and receive the newest equipment. They are preparing to head to the National Training Center in February 2023 to test out how they operate the service's newest vehicles in austere environments.

The service has embarked on a new life-cycle management initiative called the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model (ReARMM). It is designed to improve readiness and balance operational tempo, in part, by better aligning current force demands and fielding new weapons.

The Spartan Brigade is the army's first brigade to complete modernisation under the ReARMM and has received 87 M1A2 System Enhancement Program version 3 (SEPv3) Abrams tanks, 125 M2A4 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 13 M7A4 Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST) vehicles, 18 M109A7 Paladins, 18 M992A3 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles, and four Joint Assault Bridges.

The brigade is preparing to deploy from Fort Stewart in Georgia to Fort Irwin in California early next year to continue training on the new equipment, and several service officials provided reporters with an update during a 21 October call.

β€œThe ReARMM has three pieces βˆ’ modernise, train, and be utilised for a mission,” Spartan Brigade Commander Colonel Ethan Diven said. β€œWe finished with the modernisation [piece], and we're on the path to the National Training Center in February [2023] for the train step.”

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