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Pentagon announces ground units for deployment
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS, December 15, 2004

FORT CAMPBELL -- Members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will return to Iraq as early as mid-2005 for an estimated yearlong deployment, according to Pentagon officials.

The division, which has approximately 20,000 members based at Fort Campbell, was among the first wave of U.S. forces assigned to Kuwait and then Iraq from early 2004 to early 2005. The announcement that the division is returning for a second deployment was not unexpected.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that the 101st and other ground units will deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan starting in mid-2005.

The units, which will deploy between mid-2005 and mid-2006, will maintain the current level of U.S. military presence in each country, minus the extra troops being sent to provide security during the elections, military officials said.

The regular presence is roughly 138,000 troops in Iraq and 18,000 in Afghanistan; another 12,000 are being sent to Iraq to provide security for elections.

The exact date of the 101st deployment was not available.

In addition to the 101st, the units scheduled to return to Iraq during the rotation beginning next year include:

4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas

48th Infantry Brigade of the Georgia Army National Guard.

1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan.

172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The units going to Afghanistan include:

3rd and 4th Brigades, plus the headquarters, of the 10th Mountain.

Headquarters element, 53rd Infantry Brigade, Florida National Guard.

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