The 155th ABCT has been deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield for nearly four months. The Mississippi National Guard unit has approximately 4,500 Soldiers from Mississippi, Kansas, and California as the decisive effort in Task Force Spartan. The brigade has Soldiers operating in eleven countries in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team has strengthened regional stability through host-nation partnerships and sustaining readiness,” said 155th ABCT Commander, Col. Robert D. Ferguson. “As well as shaping transitions for units to follow.”
Through Operation Spartan Shield, Task Force Spartan maintains a U.S. military presence in Southwest Asia sufficient to strengthen defense relationships and build partner capacity. The 155th ABCT has fulfilled this mission through partner exercises with regional allies including exercises Desert Observer with Kuwait, Iron Union 8 with the United Arab Emirates, Bright Star 18 with Egypt, and currently Eastern Action 19 with Qatar.