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DoD Announces Iraq Deployments of Additional Major Units

The DoD says this reflects the continued commitment of the United States to the security of the Iraqi people and provides replacement forces required to maintain the current level of effort in Iraq.
09/15/2008 - U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Petterson provides medical care for an Iraqi child in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 15, 2008. Petterson is from 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joan E. Kretschmer, U.S. Navy/Released)

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The announcement involves one corps headquarters, one division headquarters, one Marine expeditionary force headquarters and seven brigade combat teams consisting of approximately 26,000 people. The deployment window for these units will begin in the winter and continue into Summer 2009.

Specific units receiving deployment orders include:

Headquarters units: I Corps Headquarters, Ft. Lewis, Wash.
1st Cavalry Division Headquarters, Ft. Hood, Texas
II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Brigade combat teams:
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Ft. Bliss, Texas
4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Ft. Lewis, Wash.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Ft. Lewis, Wash.
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kan.

Security force brigade: 115th Fires Brigade, Cheyenne, Wyo.

The deployed headquarters units will provide command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of security operations in the country.

Six brigade combat teams will replace formations currently on the ground in Iraq. Those units will assume responsibility for a battlespace where they will conduct the full spectrum of operations.

The one security force brigade will be assigned tasks which will assure freedom of movement and continuity of operations in the country. Those tasks will include base defense and route security. Subsequent deployment orders will be issued based on force level decisions made in the future.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

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Sanchez October 8, 2008 9:09 am (Pacific time)

Vic your words speak for themselves, no assessment is needed.

Vic October 6, 2008 7:56 am (Pacific time)

Well "Percy" predictions re the Iraq war were right on..even with my lack of "expertise" and the "Expert" Rumsfeld was way off on EVERY there is your "expertise". Funny how you do not challenge anything I said, but resort to a cheap shot. Typical warmonger....dont let facts get in the way.

Percy Sanchez October 5, 2008 9:13 am (Pacific time)

Vic thanks for sharing your [level] of "expertise!"

Vic October 4, 2008 9:48 am (Pacific time)

Actually Sanchez, I absolutely agree with the scenario you suggested! Can you imagine the wealth and benefits we could have if we wernt trying to police and subjugate the world? It really hasnt worked, seems to me. Seven hundred and sixty one bases around the world..for what? I am all for a well equipped and well supported military..whatever is needed to protect our country from attack. Does having bases in Korea or Japan or Germany have any relevance now? I honestly do not know, but I doubt it. "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Thomas Jefferson

Sanchez October 4, 2008 7:31 am (Pacific time)

Joe and Vic: So what's your view on pulling out of Korea, Japan, all of Europe , cease all operations in Africa and literally all other areas of the world? Then to conserve energy and keep the planet more green, have all naval ships brought back to their respective home ports and keep all aircraft grounded? This would minimize our volunteer military from being exposed to that violent world out there. Maybe isolationism is the way to go, so what do you say? Just have a home guard and not do anything until some foreign military starts making a beach landing, then we protect ourselves? Maybe you could also share your expertise in military tactics/strategy coupled with fireign policy and international policies, etc. ?

Vic October 3, 2008 7:09 am (Pacific time)

Yep, the war machine keeps rollin' along....some democracy we have. "It is unknowable how long that conflict [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." Donald Rumsfeld Feb. 2003

Joe S. October 1, 2008 6:04 pm (Pacific time)

I thought the surge was over. 26 thousand people? That's incredible.

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