Bragg troops to deploy this summer

Staff WriterApril 3, 2009 

The Department of Defense confirmed today a plan to deploy about 4,000 additional troops from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan, following President Barack Obama's review of the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.

The plans were made public in late March, but today's was the first official acknowledgment.

About 3,300 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, along with about 700 training and support personnel, will deploy to Afghanistan in the spring and through the summer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The American forces will be assigned to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces forces in their fight against al-Qaeda and other extremists. About 900 members of the 82nd Airborne Division Special Troops Battalion and about 1,300 members of the 82nd's Combat Aviation Brigade are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in May. Another 590 Fort Bragg Troops are in Afghanistan now.

The base, outside Fayetteville, has about 55,000 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops.

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