A soldier with 1st Squadron, 91st Calvary Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team provides security Jan. 5 in Logar province, Afghanistan. (Spc. Alexandra Campo / Army)
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Almost 9,000 soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan this winter, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
The deploying soldiers represent six major Army units, including a corps headquarters, a division headquarters, three brigade combat teams and a combat aviation brigade.
The BCTs will go as Security Force Assistance Brigades, which are smaller, tailored units designed to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.
They deploying units are:
• XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C.
About 560 soldiers from the headquarters, led by Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, will deploy this winter to run the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
They will backfill the III Corps headquarters, of Fort Hood, Texas.
III Corps headquarters, led by Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, has been in Afghanistan since April.
“We have an important mission at a very important time in both our national military commitment to Afghanistan and in the history of Afghanistan,” Anderson said in a statement about the upcoming deployment. “The XVIII Airborne Corps ‘Dragons’ will assume a role in the [IJC] that allows us to continue helping the Afghans improve their long-term prospects for stability.”
• 10th Mountain Division headquarters, Fort Drum, N.Y.
About 630 soldiers from the headquarters will deploy this winter. They are expected to replace the 101st Airborne Division headquarters, which is currently running Regional Command-East.
The 101st Airborne headquarters, of Fort Campbell, Ky., has been deployed since February.
• 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
About 1,830 soldiers from the brigade will deploy this winter.
• 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell.
About 3,000 soldiers from the brigade will deploy this winter.
• 3rd BCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
About 1,160 soldiers from the brigade are expected to deploy, also this winter.
• 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell.
About 1,800 soldiers from the CAB are scheduled to deploy this winter.