The 1st Infantry Division will send about 100 soldiers to Poland in March, in support of Atlantic Resolve.

The division will replace the 4th Infantry Division as U.S. Army Europe’s division-level headquarters responsible for mission command of U.S. forces currently deployed to Poznan, Poland.

Three years ago, in response to increased regional tensions, the 4th Infantry Division formed the first Atlantic Resolve Mission Command Element. The MCE serves as the intermediate headquarters between U.S. Army Europe and U.S. regionally allocated forces deployed throughout the eight eastern European Atlantic Resolve countries of Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

“I am very pleased that the Big Red One was selected to replace the 4th Infantry Division for this critical mission,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general. “We are constantly building readiness so that we can support missions like this and many others across the globe. We look forward to building upon the successes of the mighty 4th ID.”

The MCE provides command and control for more than 6,000 U.S. service members conducting bilateral training and multinational exercises with allied host nation forces to deter aggression and support regional stability.

Brig. Gen. Richard Coffman, the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley deputy commanding general for maneuver, will lead the mission.

“I have the utmost confidence that Richard is the right leader for the job,” Martin said. “As I’ve watched him prepare his team for this upcoming mission, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have him here at the Big Red One — he’s mission-focused and ready. He will be an asset to Atlantic Resolve.”

An Army Reserve unit from Manhattan deployed 21 soldiers to Europe in May. That unit is set to return in February.

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, also is currently in Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. More than 3,000 soldiers with the unit deployed in September for a nine-month deployment.