4th Infantry Division units named for Afghanistan deployments

About 2,800 soldiers with two brigades in the Fort Carson, Colorado-based 4th Infantry Division will head to Afghanistan in the coming months as part of a deployment rotation, the Army announced Thursday.

This winter, about 1,000 members of 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to the announcement. This spring, 1,800 soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team will follow suit.

The 4th CAB was inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2011 after deploying to Afghanistan the previous year. It was reactivated at Fort Carson two years later.

The 2nd BCT had been flagged as the 4th BCT until April. Under that name, the unit deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and included two Medal of Honor recipients.

Fort Carson hosted a homecoming ceremony Tuesday for soldiers with the division's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team who deployed in February to Southwest Asia.

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