Army announces upcoming deployments for 6,100 soldiers

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – OPFOR Surrogate Vehicles of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment utilize smoke to obscure their movement as they assault the defense of against the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas, during Rotation 17-02 at the National Training Center, Nov. 4, 2016. The purpose of this phase of the rotation was to test the 1st SBCT’s ability to stage a deliberate defense against a near-peer force while also presenting them with an irregular threat in the area to be defended. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Edge, 11th ACR)

The US Army announced today that they will be deploying around 6,100 soldiers from Texas and Washington to Afghanistan and Kuwait this winter.

The 1st Armored Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade  is gearing up for their rotational deployment from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“The Ready First Brigade is well-trained, well-led and fully prepared for the challenges this mission will bring,” 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Commander Major General Pat White said in the release. “The brigade proved itself a disciplined and lethal force during a rigorous training program, and I am confident they will accomplish their mission in stellar fashion.”

Also heading to Afghanistan is Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, who is sending 800 soldiers.

“The soldiers of the Raptor Brigade have worked very hard to build readiness over the last year, and I am extremely confident in their ability to accomplish our upcoming mission,” Colonel William Ryan, the commander of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, in a statement. “We employ some of the Army’s most advanced aviation technology, but it is our tremendous team of Army professionals that will ensure mission success.”

Meanwhile, Fort Hood will be deploying elements of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team to Kuwait in order to replace the 1st Armored Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

“Our nation’s Army continues to call on the 1st Cavalry Division to serve across the globe. The latest to be called is our 3rd ABCT,” said Major General John Thomson, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, who himself is currently deployed in Afghanistan with division headquarters. “Greywolf troopers have demonstrated a high level of proficiency with rigorous home-station training and a successful National Training Center rotation in October. They are prepared to execute their assigned mission for Central Command.”

According to the Army Times, around 3,800 soldiers of 1st Cav’s 3rd BCT will be heading to Kuwait over the winter months.

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