Pentagon officials announce 2010 Afghanistan deployments

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2009) -- Pentagon officials today announced additional…

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2009) — Pentagon officials today announced additional replacement units scheduled to deploy next year to Afghanistan as part of the requirement to maintain the current level of security efforts there, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today.

More than 11,000 Soldiers from three units – two from the active-duty Army and one from the Army National Guard — will rotate into Afghanistan in the spring, summer and fall of 2010.

The units that received orders are:

— 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Ky.;

— 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany; and

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

The forces will be assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. Although commanders in Afghanistan haven’t officially determined the regions the units will operate in, they replace brigades in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

Also, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates approved deployment orders to Afghanistan for a squadron of MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 from Jacksonville, N.C., at the request of commanders in Afghanistan, Whitman said.

The squadron is scheduled to deploy in November.

The squadron is made up of about 200 Marines who operate and maintain the aircraft, which have both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. The aircraft is designed to perform missions like those of conventional helicopters, with the added benefit of long-range, high-speed cruise performance, he said.

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  • quinton carpenter

    me and two friends want to volunteer to go to afghan A.S.A.P .how do we find a unit and sign up

  • Cowgirl

    Does anyone know what units from Ft. Hood, TX will be deploying in 2010? I have family stationed there and I want to be able to plan a visit to see them before they deploy again.

  • Ashton

    Does anyone know if 4/10 mountain out of Fort Polk, LA is deploying? There is talk but all the information I have read and looked up doesn’t have our unit on there. I am just wondering.