Four brigades and division headquarters of Fort Hood’s 4th Infantry Division are among the thousands of U.S. troops that will be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan starting in mid-2005, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
The deployments will occur between mid-2005 and mid-2006 the military said.
The units will help maintain the current level of U.S. military
strength in each country, minus the extra troops being sent to
provide security during the elections.
The regular presence is roughly 138,000 troops in Iraq and
18,000 in Afghanistan.
Another 12,000 are being sent to Iraq to provide security for elections.
“The department's goal is to increasingly pass responsibility for
security and governance of Iraq and Afghanistan to the respective, domestic security forces,” the military said in a prepared release.
“The U.S. force rotations may be tailored based upon changes in
the security situation in these countries,” the release said.
The 4th Infantry Division first deployed to Iraq before the start of the war, but Turkey’s unwillingness to allow the troops to stage in the country before entering Iraq from the north forced officials to revise their plans for the division.
The first elements of the 4th ID arrived in Iraq on April 12, 2003 and the division’s first armored vehicles rolled into Baghdad three days later.
The 4th ID troops were based in and around Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and soldiers from the division captured the deposed dictator in a rural area outside the city on Dec. 13, 2003.
UNITS DEPLOYING TO IRAQ 2005-2006:
(Source: Department of Defense)
48th Infantry Brigade (Separate), Georgia Army National Guard
172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, N.Y.
101st Airborne Division, Air Assault (division headquarters and 4
brigades), Ft. Campbell, Ky.
1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kan.
4th Infantry Division (division headquarters and 4 brigades), Ft. Hood,
UNITS DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN 2005-2006
(Source: Department of Defense)
3rd and 4th Brigades and headquarters elements of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division from Ft. Drum, N.Y.
Headquarters of the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade
FOURTH INFANTRY DIVISION UNITS
(Source: 4th Infantry Division)
1st Brigade, 4th Infantry
1-22 Infantry Battalion
1-66 Armor Battalion
3-66 Armor Battalion
299th Engineer Battalion
2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry
2-8 Infantry Battalion
1-67 Armor Battalion
3-67 Armor Battalion
588th Engineer Battalion
3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry (Ft. Carson)
1-68 Armor Battalion (Ft. Carson)
1-8 Infantry Battalion (Ft. Carson)
1-12 Infantry Battalion (Ft. Carson)
4th Engineer Battalion (Ft. Carson)
4th Brigade, 4th Infantry
1-4 Aviation Battalion (Attack)
2-4 Aviation Battalion (General Support)
1-10th Cavalry Squadron
Division Artillery (DIVARTY)
4-42 Field Artillery Battalion (Paladin)
3-16 Field Artillery Battalion (Paladin)
3-29 Field Artillery Battalion (Paladin) (Ft. Carson)
2-20 Field Artillery Battalion (MLRS)
Division Support Command (DISCOM)
4th Forward Support Battalion
204th Forward Support Battalion
64th Forward Support Battalion (Ft. Carson)
404th Aviation Support Battalion
704th Division Support Battalion
104th Military Intelligence Battalion
1-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion
124th Signal Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
4th Military Police Company
4th Infantry Division Band
610th Engineer Detachment (Topographic)