Iron Brigade deactivation
Members of 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, fire on target during the Iron Forge training exercise. (CREDIT: U.S. Army)

‘Iron Brigade’ Scheduled For Deactivation in South Korea

After nearly 50 years in South Korea, the US Army's 'Iron Brigade' will see its end later this in 2014 due to budget cuts.

The U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is set to be deactivated in Korea later this year.

The Iron Brigade “will be replaced by a rotational brigade combat team from the United States,” according to Army Times.

The 1st BCT is the latest brigade to be deactivated as part of the Army’s ongoing drawdown and reorganization.

Seven BCTs, including two in Europe, have been cut in the last two years, with five others slated to go in fiscal year 2015.

These cuts will leave the active Army with 32 BCTs to match an end-strength of 490,000 by the end of fiscal 2015. Additional cuts could be made if the Army’s end-strength shrinks further because of tightening budgets.

The 1st BCT has had its headquarters in South Korea since July 1965, training and working alongside its South Korean partners, according to 8th Army. Soldiers who fill the brigade’s ranks are deployed to Korea on individual tours.

For more on the deactivation, please visit Army Times.

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