The 101st Airborne Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq and Kuwait early next year to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the Army announced Friday.
The headquarters, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will serve a nine-month deployment. The soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, will replace those from the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as part of the regular rotation of forces. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have been deployed since June.
Once in theater, the 101st Airborne headquarters will take command of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command — Iraq. They will be responsible for command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.
There are about 3,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq, including about 1,300 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The Fort Drum, New York-based soldiers arrived in September, and they are training and advising Iraqi troops.
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