1st Armored Division – America’s Tank Division, is an active component, U.S. Army, armored division located at Fort Bliss, Texas, consisting of approximately 17,000 highly trained Soldiers and with a lethal mix of combat capabilities including tanks, artillery, attack helicopters, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Stryker Combat Vehicles, transport helicopters and robust sustainment capabilities.

Also known as “Old Ironsides,” the 1st Armored Division is commanded by a U.S. Army, two-star general, and consists of the division headquarters element, one Stryker – equipped Infantry Brigade Combat Team (1st Brigade Combat Team); two Armored Brigade Combat Teams (2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams); a Combat Aviation Brigade; a Divisional Artillery Brigade; a Sustainment Brigade and other separate battalions and units.

America’s Tank Division routinely conducts operations in support of U.S. military geographic Combatant Commands including AFRICOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, PACOM and SOUTHCOM areas of operation and is currently supporting missions in 20 countries on 5 continents.

1st Armored Division rapidly deploys in support of Unified Land Operations in Order to Deter or Defeat our enemies and on order redeploys.  1AD is prepared to exercise Mission Command of Army, Joint and Multi-National Forces as a U.S. Division, or Joint Task Force.

Commander's Intent
The 1st Armored Division is a values based, fit, and cohesive team led by expert leaders focused on readiness and continuing the Division’s legacy of “America’s Tank Division."

The Iron Six (Commanding General's Guidance to Subordinate Leaders)
1.  Be Ready Now!  The Last Question you should ask yourself before lights out is “are my team and I as ready as we can be now?”

2.  Deployment Readiness.  We go to war with the personnel and equipment we have, therefore, I expect Soldiers and leaders to effectively minimize the duration of personnel and equipment unavailability.

3.  Mission Command.  Maximize the use and proficiency of tactical mission command systems.  See Yourself, See the Enemy, See the Terrain and understand the task and purpose of your mission, and where you fit into the higher HQ’s mission and intent.

4.  Develop Leaders for the Future.  Mentor, demonstrate “what right looks like,” certify, and then hold Soldiers accountable through consistent and effective counseling.

5.  Take Care of Your Team.  Ensure timely sponsorship and integration of new Soldiers and their Families.  Build, maintain, and strengthen both individual and unit resiliency through predictable training.

6.  Live the “Golden Rule.”  Treat everyone as you would expect to be treated; with dignity and respect.  Build positive relationships with the El Paso Community.


  1. Highly Trained and Ready Force
  2. Physical and Mental Fitness
  3. Discipline and Lethality
  4. Care of Soldiers and Families
  5. Community Relations

  1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1AD
  2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1AD
  3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1AD
  1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade
  1st Armored Division Artillery Brigade
  1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade
  1st Armored Division HHBN