US Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

DOD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of approximately 3,100 additional forces to Afghanistan, part of the 30,000 troops authorized by President Obama on Nov. 30. The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy approximately 2,600 soldiers to Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. The deployment of this brigade will increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also approved the deployment of approximately 500 support forces, which will deploy at various times through the summer of 2010

On 16 December, 2004, the 4th Infantry Division formally moved into a new era of organization and effectiveness when it officially became the Army's newest "modular" division. Major additions to the division include nearly doubling the Aviation Brigade, which includes a new attack helicopter battalion, a new assault helicopter battalion and a new company of CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Seven Chinook-47 helicopters from Company C., 7th Battalion, 101st Airborne Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky., deployed to a hangar Nov. 18, 2004, at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas. It had been 30 years since Chinooks were assigned to the division. The multifunctional aviation brigade increased from 16 AH-64D Apache helicopters in one attack battalion to 48 Apaches in two battalions and added a general support battalion that includes CH-47D Chinook helicopters and more UH-60 Black Hawks. The aviation support battalion moved from the division support command and now falls under the aviation brigade.

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