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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 329-11
April 21, 2011

DOD Announces Unit for Upcoming Iraq Rotation

                 The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of a unit as part of an upcoming rotation of forces supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq.  The scheduled rotation for these replacement forces will begin in late Spring 2011. 

                The deploying unit is 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade (AAB), 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, N.C., totaling 3,500 personnel. 

                As part of Operation New Dawn, the 2nd 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. 

                DoD will continue to announce major deployments as they are approved.  For information on the unit, contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661.

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