Fort Hood soldiers along southern border could head home soon

WESLACO, Texas (KWTX) About 200 Fort Hood soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division continued work Monday, even as word got around they would soon could be headed home.


The Pentagon confirmed earlier in the day that all 5,200 soldiers along the southwest border will be leaving soon, but until then Camp Donna and Camp Craig will continue to work on the border mission.

Some could be headed home as early as this week.

"No specific timeline for redeployment has been determined," U.S. Army North, however, said in a short statement Monday.

"We are continually assessing our resources and refining requirements in close coordination with (The Department of Homeland Security," the statement said.

"We may shift some forces to other areas of the border to engineering support missions in California and other areas," the statement said.

Operation Faithful Patriot began in late October.

The mission dropped the title and simply became known as “border support” the day after the midterm elections, according to the Army Time.

No reason was given.

Since being deployed for the six week mission, Central Texas soldiers and others have set up a logistics support area in Weslaco.

Camp Craig, which houses the 289th Composite Supply Company soldiers, among others is just a few miles from the port of entry is nonstop hustle and bustle.

Their job is to assist about 2,500 other military personnel along the southern border.

A big part of that job is keeping track of food deliveries and preparing meals.

With Thanksgiving just days away, a lot of care is being given to make sure everyone has a great meal as the soldiers make the best of their temporary home away from home.

Another part of their responsibilities is making sure they've got parts to repair vehicles being used in the mission. The parts are sent to the border and stored until they're needed.

Fort Hood Units identified for border deployment

89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps
Headquarters, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
937th Engineer Sapper Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
104th Engineer Construction, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
289th Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade