18 June 2011

Next Afghanistan Units Announced

Yep, we're sending an armor brigade to Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced today three units to deploy as part of upcoming rotations of forces operating in Afghanistan. The announcement involves two brigade combat teams totaling 6,400 personnel and one combat aviation brigade totaling 2,750 personnel. The scheduled rotation for these forces will begin late summer 2011 and continue through early 2012.

Specific units:

3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas

37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio Army National Guard

1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas

Those guys from Ohio? They're on a rotation that's given them about a 2.5-1 dwell time ratio since 2003. Yep, a part-time unit has been spinning their deployment wheels a whole lot faster than many active duty units (and the deployments listed at the link do not include the TF that was gone in 2007, or the units 'deployed' on Operation Noble Eagle missions in CONUS).

By: Brant

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