U.S. Army Announces 1st Combat Aviation Brigade Deployment To Operation Atlantic Resolve


The U.S. Army announced Monday that Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade will replace the 101st Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade in April 2021. The brigade will serve as U.S. Army Europe-Africa’s combat aviation element responsible for aviation assets of U.S. forces deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

“The Demon Brigade is excited about our rotation back to Europe. We look forward to strengthening our long-standing partnership with our allies and reaffirming the United States commitment to NATO.”, said Col. Bryan Chivers, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade commander.

The brigade will support U.S. Army Europe’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, with units in numerous NATO partner countries, providing opportunities to train alongside allies and demonstrating America’s commitment to peace and stability in the region.

“Our Soldiers are well-trained and ready to support this mission, and our European partners.” said, Chivers.

The majority of equipment and personnel will be stationed in Germany, with a forward presence in Latvia, Romania, and Poland.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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