1250 10th Mountain Division US Troops heading to Iraq 8/6
10th Mountain Division troops heading to Iraq, Afghanistan
ASSOCIATED PRESS - FORT DRUM, NY - US Army officials say more than 2,500 soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division will be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming weeks.
The Army announced Thursday that about 1,250 members of the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum in northern New York will begin a nine-month deployment to Iraq late this month or early September. The brigade will train and advise Iraqi forces.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Polk, Louisiana, are scheduled to begin their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan later this fall. The brigade's primary mission will be to serve as advisers to the Afghan national security forces, which includes that nation's army and police.
Another 300 Soldiers from the division headquarters are scheduled to deploy in late fall to Afghanistan.