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DoD Announces Units For Afghanistan Rotations And Deployment

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Specific units receiving deployment orders include:

1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (SCR), Vilseck, Germany

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa National Guard

 The spring/summer rotation of the 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division (3,700 personnel) and the 2nd SCR (4,000 personnel) continues the U.S. commitment to maintain the current level of forces assigned to the NATO-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The 2nd BCT, 34th Infantry Division will begin deploying in the fall of 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to continue ongoing operations and training of the Afghan National Security Forces. They are receiving alert orders now in order to provide them the maximum time to complete their preparations. It also provides a greater measure of predictability for family members and flexibility for employers to plan for military service of their employees.   

Additionally, the secretary of defense approved a request by the commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan to deploy a squadron of MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-261, Jacksonville, N.C., to support the needs of forces on the ground in Regional Command-South. This deployment will involve approximately 200 Marines, who will begin deploying in November 2009.

In consultation with Afghan officials and NATO, commanders continue to assess the situation to ensure sufficient force levels to best support the Government of Afghanistan, perform counter-terrorism operations, assist with reconstruction, and train and equip the Afghan national security forces. Afghan security forces continue to develop capability, and this U.S. force rotation may be tailored based upon changes in the security situation.

DoD Announces Units For Afghanistan Rotations And Deployment [ http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13060 ]