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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 171-11
March 03, 2011

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan and Kuwait Rotation

            The Department of Defense announced today the alert of two units to deploy as part of upcoming rotations of forces operating in Afghanistan and Kuwait.  The scheduled rotation for these replacement forces will begin in early 2012.

            The announcement involves two Army National Guard brigade combat teams totaling approximately 7,520 personnel.

            Specific units:

            27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York National Guard

            55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard

            The 27th IBCT is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to perform security force assistance, and the 55th HBCT is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait to provide force protection and convoy security.

            DoD will continue to announce major deployments as they are approved.  For information on the New York National Guard, contact the public affairs office at 518-786-4581, Eric Durr or Lt. Col. Rich Goldenberg.  For information on the Pennsylvania National Guard, contact the public affairs office at 717-861-8829, Maj. Cory Angell.