The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The announcement involves four brigades and two regimental combat teams consisting of approximately 33,000 personnel.
The deployment window for these units will be in the early months of 2009, and all will conduct the full spectrum of operations.
This announcement reflects the continued commitment of the United States to the security of the Iraqi people, and provides replacement forces required to maintain the current level of effort in Iraq. Subsequent deployment orders will be issued based on force level decisions made in the future.
Specific units receiving deployment orders include:
Regimental Combat Team 8, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Regimental Combat Team 6, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard.
The Department recognizes the continued sacrifices of these units and their family members.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments as they are identified and those units are alerted. For information on the units announced today or other units involved in this rotation, please contact Pennsylvania National Guard Public Affairs at (717) 861-8468, Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000 or Marine Corps Public Affairs at (703) 614-4309.