The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters will head to Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively, this summer, the Army announced Tuesday.
The 101st Airborne’s helicopters, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will join its sustainment brigade on deployment, while the 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s current deployment to Iraq will overlap with the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters’ deployment.
“We have been training for over a year to out-think, out-will and outfight the enemy. That’s exactly what we are going to do,”Command Sgt. Maj. Reginald Thomas, the 101st CAB command sergeant major, said in a release.
Once in Afghanistan, the 101st CAB will replace the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the regular rotation of forces there.
The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters will replace III Corps, which will head home to Fort Hood, Texas, according to a release.
Both deployments are part of regular rotations, in train-advise-assist roles, in support of Iraq’s Operation Inherent Resolve and Afghanistan’s Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.