Wednesday, October 1, 2008

From the Fayetteville Observer

Pops tipped me off to this. No mention of 2nd Brigade where his son and mine are currently assigned.

Two 82nd teams headed to Iraq

By Laura Arenschield
Staff writer

The 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st and 4th Brigade Combat Teams will deploy to Iraq in the next year, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The Fort Bragg brigades are two of six Army combat brigades scheduled to deploy to Iraq any time starting this winter through next summer.

Lt. Col. Clarence Counts, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, said he was not sure what months the brigades would deploy.

The announcement marks the start of a new cycle of Iraq deployments for Fort Bragg soldiers. The entire 82nd Airborne Division has been home at Fort Bragg since July, when the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned from a 13-month deployment in Iraq. The division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in November.

The 4th Brigade Combat Team, the other brigade on the list released Tuesday, returned in April from a 15-month deployment to Iraq. Typically, the Department of Defense allows soldiers a year at home between deployments.

The brigades will replace other Army units already in Iraq, the Department of Defense said. The department said that total, about 26,000 people, would be sent to Iraq as replacement forces to maintain the current troop level there.

The list of those units that will deploy between this winter and next summer includes a corps headquarters from Fort Lewis, Wash., a division headquarters from Fort Hood, Texas, and a Marine expeditionary force headquarters from Camp Lejeune.

Also scheduled to deploy:

The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

The 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

The 115th Fires Brigade, Cheyenne, Wyo.


MightyMom said...

well, no news is good news right?

MightyMom said...

Let me introduce you to a new military mom. her son was sworn into the Army earlier this week, she could use some "been there, done that" support.

Stacey said...

just letting you know, my boyfriend is home. I'm going to be posting pictures throughout this week when I post. I'm so happy.

Airborne dad said...

MM - no news is indeed good news and I have been by penojen. Thanks for the reminder.

Stacey - Enjoy your time and don't worry about tomorrow.