US to Deploy 1,700 Paratroopers to Iraq

The Department of the Army announced today the deployment of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with approximately 1,700 soldiers to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility this winter in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in training, advising, and assisting the Iraqi Security Forces.

"The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is highly trained, disciplined, and fit," said Col. James "Pat" Work, commander 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "Readiness is our top priority; our paratroopers are prepared for this deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Our team looks forward to this important mission and our opportunity to assist our Iraqi partners."

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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