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Over 1,700 Fort Bragg troops to head to Afghanistan this fall

Posted July 23, 2014

— Over 1,700 soldiers from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, will head to Afghanistan this fall, the military announced Wednesday.

The soldiers were originally supposed to depart last week but were delayed due to severe weather.

The soldiers will provide multifunctional rotary-wing aviation support throughout Afghanistan, the military said. The length of their deployment is currently unknown.

"The Pegasus Brigade is prepared to conduct aviation operations during this critical transition point in the war in Afghanistan," said Col. Mike Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. "Through a robust training schedule, our aviation task forces have meticulously trained to meet the challenging environment of Afghanistan and support coalition forces on the ground."

The deployment will be the third for the Pegasus Brigade.

The division is one of three heading to Afghanistan to relieve soldiers already in the country. The other two divisions are from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

About 15,000 soldiers make up the 82nd Airborne Division, which is based out of Fort Bragg.


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  • kermit60 Jul 24, 2014

    More soldiers going to support other soldiers that are accomplishing what? The situation there has not changed in the last ten years. It's Vietnam without the trees and jungle.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 23, 2014

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    He's sending more so we can exit the strategy?

    Isn't that a little bit like spitting into the wind?

  • LetsBeFair Jul 23, 2014

    I'm sure its part of the exit strategy Obama campaigned on 6 years ago. Right along with how he's lowered the gas prices below 4 dollars a gallon.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 23, 2014

    Didn't Obama say they were all coming home? His story on that has switched so many times since the summer of 2008, I can't keep track of the direction he's flopped on this currently.
    Prayers for them and their loved ones.