The Department of Defense announced today a decision to delay the redeployment of a unit in Iraq and adjust the deployment date for another unit already identified for duty in Iraq. These adjustments are necessary to maintain the current force structure in Iraq into the Spring of next year. In consultation with the new Iraqi Government, commanders continue to assess the situation to ensure the appropriate force levels to support the Iraqi government.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, based in Friedberg, Germany, will have their tour of duty extended for approximately 46 days. The unit was scheduled to redeploy in mid-January, and will now begin that redeployment in late February. This decision will allow the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division to complete its one year dwell time. They will now deploy in January 2007. Dwell time is considered critical for a unit’s readiness as it allows a unit to rest, re-set and re-equip, re-train, and prepare for the next deployment.
Additionally, the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division will deploy 30 days earlier than originally scheduled and begin their deployment in late October.
The Department recognizes the continued contributions of the 1st Brigade Combat Team and their family members. This extension reflects the continued commitment of the United States to the security of the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces continue to develop capability and assume responsibility for security in Iraq. The U.S. Force levels continue to be conditions-based and will be determined in consultation with the Iraqi government. Deployment decisions are made at the recommendation of military commanders in Iraq. Force rotations may be further tailored based upon changes in the security situation.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments as they are identified and those units are alerted. For information on the units announced today contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.