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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-009-14
January 07, 2014

Cavalry Unit Deploys to Republic of Korea

Today, the Defense Department announced the rotational deployment of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas to Camps Hovey and Stanley, Republic of Korea, on Feb. 1.

This combined arms battalion, comprised of approximately 800 soldiers and its own wheeled and tracked vehicles, will deploy to conduct operations in support of U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army. This action supports the United States' defense commitment to the Republic of Korea as specified by the mutual defense treaty and presidential agreements.

The battalion will provide a trained and combat-ready force that will deploy with their equipment to South Korea. The equipment will remain in country for use by follow-on rotations. The soldiers of the battalion will return to Fort Hood upon completion of their 9-month rotation.

The deployment of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment to Korea is part of U.S. enduring rebalancing efforts within the Asia-Pacific region, and allows for greater responsiveness to better meet theater operational requirements.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about today’s announcement please contact the following:

UNIT INFORMATION:
1st Cavalry Division: Lt. Col. Kirk Luedeke, kirk.a.luedeke.mil@mail.mil,
254-287-9398, 1st CD Director of Communications, Fort Hood, Texas

POLICY INFORMATION:
8th Army – Korea: Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, Eighth Army, 0503-723-8426; email: jennifer.r.johnson.mil@mail.mil.