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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 182-12
March 15, 2012

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

            The Department of Defense today identified three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.  The Spring 2012 scheduled rotation involves one brigade combat team headquarters with more than 70 personnel; one brigade combat team with more than 3,600 personnel; and a combat aviation brigade with more than 2,400 personnel to include:

            Headquarters unit (rotation began last month):

                        76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters, Indiana Army National Guard

            Brigade Combat Team and Combat Aviation Brigade:

                        173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy

                        12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Katterbach, Germany

            DoD will continue to announce major deployments as they are approved.  For information on the respective deployments contact the following:

            76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters, contact the 76th IBCT public affairs officer at 317-800-8541, or the Indiana Army National Guard public affairs office at 317-247-3222.

            173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, contact the 173rd ABCT public affairs officer at 011-39-044-471-8839, or U.S. Army, Europe, public affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-8628 or 011-49-6221-57-5816.

            12th Combat Aviation Brigade, contact the U.S. Army, Europe, public affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-8628 or 011-49-6221-57-5816.

            UPDATE:  March 15, 2011 -- Headquarters unit rotation began last month.

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