By Donna Miles
About 25,000 active-duty troops assigned to a division headquarters and seven brigade combat teams will begin to deploy to
In addition, four Army National Guard brigades have been alerted of an upcoming deployment to
In other news, the Vermont Army National Guard’s 86th Brigade Combat Team received an alert that it will deploy to
All identified units will replace redeploying units, with no change in force strength, Whitman said. He emphasized, however, that longer-range deployment forecasts could change, based on conditions on the ground and commanders’ recommendations.
The 86th BCT’s alert, issued two years before its anticipated deployment date, represents the model the Defense Department would like to reach to give National Guard units maximum notice of upcoming deployments, Whitman said. “This is where the department is trying to get to with respect to predictability and early alert,” he said. “This unit will be replacing a unit … that has not yet deployed,” he said.
The 86th BCT will replace the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th BCT, scheduled to deploy to
The longer lead time will give National Guard soldiers more time to prepare for their deployment. “They can start their training now, knowing that they are going to be training the Afghan national security forces, knowing that they will be doing it in Afghanistan and not Iraq or somewhere else,” Whitman said. “And being able to plan for a 12-month mobilization two years out from now is something pretty significant about where the department is now,” compared to five or even two years ago, he added.
More notice also gives families more planning time and employers more flexibility in preparing for their employee’s absence, Whitman said.
Active-duty units receiving deployment orders to
- 25th Infantry Division: Headquarters and 3rd Brigade, Schofield Barracks,
- 4th Infantry Division: 2nd Brigade,
- 1st Infantry Division: 2nd Brigade,
- 82nd Airborne Division: 3rd Brigade,
- 1st Cavalry Division: 3rd Brigade,
- 172nd Infantry Brigade,
National Guard units are receiving alert orders now to allow maximum time to prepare for next year’s deployments and to give greater predictability to families and employers, officials said.
Units alerted of upcoming deployments to
From the Associated Press:
The units are likely to be small and could include engineers, ordnance disposal troops and other support forces needed to shore up fighting needs and the training of Afghan forces. Officials have not ruled out identifying a larger, brigade-sized unit before the end of the year that could either be shifted to
The senior official said the recommendations have not yet been approved by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or delivered to Gates. The Joint Chiefs and military commanders are reviewing a number of options.
Officials have said that if improved security conditions in
On Wednesday, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said that any sizable increase in troop levels in
Any decision to shift large units such as combat brigades into
"You can't snap your fingers and make this happen, unfortunately," he said. He added later that the Pentagon is not kicking any decisions down the road to the next White House. Rather, he said, decisions made now may require months to execute.
The units - which include about 33,000 troops - would replace forces already in
The units are:
- 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division,
- 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division,
- 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division,
- 56th Stryker Brigade, 28th Infantry Division,
- 6th Regimental Combat Team,
- 8th Regimental Combat Team,
The deployment decisions could change depending on whether Gen. David Petraeus, the top
If he decides that fewer brigades will be needed in