Two brigades from Fort Stewart, Georgia, and one from Fort Bliss, Texas, are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait this fall, the Army announced Wednesday.
The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd Sustainment Brigade are headed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, while 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division will make its way to Kuwait to support Operation Spartan Shield, the Army announcements said.
“Our soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade and the 3rd Sustainment Brigade have completed tough and realistic training to assume their missions in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas Jr., the commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, in a statement. “I am confident in the abilities of our Dogface soldiers, and I am eager for them to join us in Afghanistan for Operation Resolute Support.”
The 3rd Infantry Division soldiers will replace those from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and 1st Sustainment Brigade, according to the Army.
Meanwhile, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division will take over for soldiers in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. They will join their headquarters element, which has been deployed to Iraq since July, in the Persian Gulf region.
“The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Iron Brigade, has undergone some of the most intensive and realistic training the 1st Armored Division has to offer, and its leaders have forged a ready team,” said Maj. Gen. Pat White, 1st Armored Division‘s commander. “This force is fully prepared and ready to take over their new mission in support of Operation Spartan Shield.”
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