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DoD announces troop extensions for Iraq

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Dec 12, 2004 12:59 pm

Department of Defense Announces Troop Extensions for Iraq

Today the Secretary of Defense approved a request by the Commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF(I)) to extend two Army brigades and a Marine Expeditionary Unit operating in Iraq. The Secretary also approved the Commander‚s request for two additional infantry battalions to deploy to Iraq.

General George Casey, Commander, MNF-I, requested the extension of the units, as they are the most experienced and best-qualified forces to sustain the momentum of post-Fallujah operations and to provide for additional security for the upcoming elections, in conjunction with the Iraqi Security forces.

The United States Army‚s 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the 2nd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and the United States Marine Corps‚ 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Okinawa, Japan, will be extended beyond their current rotation dates. This extension also includes the 66th Transportation Company, Kleber Kasern, Germany. The length of extension varies between the units. Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq for an anticipated duration of approximately 120 days to support security efforts during the election period.

This approved request adds an additional 1,500 active duty soldiers, and extends approximately 10,400 active duty combat forces, which includes 2,300 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit off of the ESSEX Expeditionary Strike Group. This extension is in conjunction with the current force rotation, and will increase the U. S. forces in theater from 17 to 20 brigades, increasing the force size in Iraq to approximately 150,000 personnel during the election period.

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DoD to extend troops, deploy two units to Iraq

#2 Postby boardman » Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:00 pm

DoD to extend troops, deploy two units to Iraq
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2004 The Defense Department will increase the number of troops in Iraq by 12,000, Joint Staff officials said at a Pentagon news conference today.

Two Army brigades, a Marine expeditionary unit and an Army transportation company have been extended, said Army Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez, deputy operations director at the Joint Staff. Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy from Fort Bragg, N.C., on Dec. 15 and serve in Baghdad for 120 days.

The decision increases the number of U.S. troops from 138,000 to 150,000 by the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections. All the troops were officially notified Nov. 30.

A total of 4,400 soldiers from the Army‘s 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii were due to leave Iraq in January. The brigade will now leave in March, officials said.

The 2nd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division about 3,500 soldiers was due to leave Iraq in January. The Fort Hood, Texas, soldiers now will leave in February and March. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, composed of about 2,300 Marines based in Okinawa, Japan, was set to leave Iraq in January and will now remain until the end of February.

About 160 soldiers of the 66th Transportation Company based in Germany also have been extended.

The soldiers will be in country for up to 14 months. The Marines will be in country for nine months. Rodriguez said these units will not be extended further.

Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Multinational Force Iraq commander, requested the increase. “We are using the rotation here to give us some additional capability during a very critical window,” he said during an interview today with the American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

Casey said the units will not only help secure the country for the Jan. 30 election, but also will allow the coalition to maintain pressure on the insurgents.

The two battalions from Fort Bragg will relieve units already in Baghdad. This will free up “more seasoned forces so they can conduct operations in the greater Baghdad area,” Casey said.

Officials stress that the increase is temporary and was made in coordination with the interim Iraqi government. Rodriguez also said that the move is in no way a reflection on the ability of the nascent Iraqi security forces. He said about 115,000 members of the Iraqi security forces are “trained and equipped.” By the end of January, officials expect that number to be up to 125,000.

Rodriguez said the Iraqi army, the Iraqi National Guard and the Iraqi police acquitted themselves well in the recent battles around Najaf and most recently in Fallujah. Still, officials said, the coalition forces must be increased to provide more security for the election.

The election in January is the first of a series. Iraqis will elect delegates for a national assembly that will write a proposed constitution. Following that will be a referendum on the constitution and finally in January 2006 Iraqis will elect their government under the new constitution.

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DoD Announces OEF/OIF Rotational Units - December 14, 2004

#3 Postby boardman » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:16 am

DoD Announces OEF/OIF Rotational Units

The Department of Defense announced today several large units scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations scheduled to begin in mid-2005.

This rotation continues the current force strength and structure for both operations, and provides the capabilities required for the missions defined by the combatant commander. It does not significantly increase or decrease troop levels in Afghanistan or Iraq, and is not related to the recent strength increase in Iraq for the upcoming Iraqi election period.

For Operation Iraqi Freedom, the rotation is consistent with the current force structure in Iraq of 17 brigades and three division headquarters. The troop list announced today includes:

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, Texas

The first units deploying to Iraq are scheduled to arrive in mid-2005, and successive units will deploy at various times through mid-2006.

For Operation Enduring Freedom, the 3rd and 4th Brigades and headquarters elements of the U.S. Army‚s 10th Mountain Division from Ft. Drum, N.Y., and the headquarters of the Florida National Guard‚s 53rd Infantry Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan. This rotation is consistent with the current force structure of three brigades and a division headquarters. The first units deploying to Afghanistan are scheduled to arrive in mid-2005, and successive units will deploy at various points through mid-2006.

The department‘s goal is to increasingly pass responsibility for security and governance of Iraq and Afghanistan to the respective, domestic security forces. The U.S. force rotations may be tailored based upon changes in the security situation in these countries.

DoD will continue to release large unit announcements as they are identified and alerted. For information on the units announced today please contact the appropriate service. Army Public Affairs can be contacted at (703) 692-2000, and Headquarters, Marines Corps Public Affairs can be contacted at (703) 614-4309.

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