The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today the deployment of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Calvary Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas, to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The unit consisting of approximately 3,800 personnel will deploy in January 2011.
As part of Operation New Dawn, the 3rd AAB will have three primary missions: advise, assist, train and equip Iraqi Security Forces; conduct partnered counter-terrorism operations; and support and protect civilian and military efforts focused on developing Iraqi civil and institutional capacity.
The 3rd AAB was formed from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, which has been deployed to Iraq three times previously in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The unit is expected to deploy early 2011 and will replace redeploying units with no increase in overall force levels.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments as they are identified and those units are alerted. For information on this deployment, please call 254-287-9400.