Ft. Riley combat tanks heading to California.

TOPEKA (KSNT) Travelers along U.S. Highway 24 between Topeka and Silver Lake may have noticed hundreds of military equipment sitting on the railroad tracks the last couple of days.

The United States Army says that the more than 1,300 pieces of equipment from Fort Riley, Kansas, including tracked and wheeled vehicles are heading to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

The “Dagger” brigade will be conducting its second decisive-action training environment rotation in preparation for a possible worldwide availability beginning this summer. The Army says it is one of the first units in the Army to go through two consecutive rotations. First, however, the unit must ensure it has the proper equipment and training needed to complete its NTC rotation.

The Brigade Mobility Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jovan R. Baldwin says a movement like this is planned six months in advance.

“Once we received the training dates from NTC, we backwards planned to create a movement plan or deployment timeline, under the guidance of the brigade commander, to meet NTC’s intent.”

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