The Department of Defense announced today the alert of additional replacement units for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. These units, consisting of four National Guard brigade combat teams, will deploy consistent with the Secretary of Defense’s new policy of mobilizing reserve component units for a maximum of one year at any one time.
These Reserve units are not scheduled to begin deployment until December 2007. 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. The final determination of whether these units will deploy will be made based on conditions on the ground in Iraq.
This alert is not associated with the current troop surge. These units would deploy as replacement forces for formations currently operating in Iraq. There are approximately 13,000 personnel in these four brigades.
Specific units receiving alert orders include:
39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Little Rock, Ark.
45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma City, Okla.
76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indianapolis, Ind.
37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Columbus, Ohio.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments as replacement units are identified. For information on the units announced today or other units involved in this rotation, please contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.