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Two major units — more than 3,000 soldiers — will deploy to Afghanistan later this year and early next year, the Defense Department said Tuesday.
The deployments are part of the regular rotation of units and come just after the U.S. military drawdown of its surge troops. About 68,000 U.S. troops, about 40,000 of them soldiers, remain in Afghanistan.
The deploying units are:
• 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
About 1,390 soldiers from the brigade will deploy as a Security Force Assistance Brigade. They will be tasked primarily with advising and partnering with Afghan National Security Forces.
The soldiers are scheduled to deploy in November for a nine-month tour in Regional Command-East.
• 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.
About 1,700 soldiers will deploy with the brigade. The unit is scheduled to backfill the 12th CAB, which deployed from U.S. Army Europe and is serving in Regional Command-North.
The 1st Armored Division CAB is scheduled to deploy in February for a nine-month tour.