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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 021-10
January 12, 2010

DOD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

                The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of approximately 3,100 additional forces to Afghanistan, part of the 30,000 troops authorized by President Obama on Nov. 30. The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy approximately 2,600 soldiers to Afghanistan in the summer of 2010.
 
                The deployment of this brigade will increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also approved the deployment of approximately 500 support forces, which will deploy at various times through the summer of 2010.
 
                The DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments. For additional information on the combat aviation brigade, contact Army Public Affairs at 703-614-2487.