Fort Bliss announces deployment of up to 3,000 soldiers
El Paso Times
Up to 3,000 troops from Fort Bliss' 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy to the Middle East in the next few months to help fight terrorism.
The Department of Defense made the announcement Tuesday with a short press release, and Fort Bliss officials confirmed the deployment and provided some details on Wednesday.
Up to 500 members of the 4th Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, will deploy to Kuwait by the end of the year, said Capt. James J. King, a spokesman for the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade.
The Combat Aviation Brigade, or CAB as it is commonly called, is an air-support unit. The unit also goes by the nickname Iron Eagles.
Up to an additional 2,500 soldiers from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 501st Aviation Regiment and part of the 127th Aviation Support Battalion will deploy to Afghanistan early next year, King said.
The CAB units deploying to Afghanistan will go to different locations within the country, King said.
Troops going to both Ku wait and Afghanistan will deploy to "assist in creating the conditions necessary to restrict potential terrorist activity," King said.
All units will deploy for nine months.
The last time the Combat Aviation Brigade deployed was to Afghanistan in late 2010. The unit was headquartered at Fort Hood at the time. It relocated to Fort Bliss in September 2011.
"We are committed to serving our country," King said. "All of our units are
trained and ready for deployment. We have a robust rear detachment and family readiness group who are enabled and capable of assisting family members" who are left behind.
Fort Bliss is the nation's largest deployment center. More than 26,000 soldiers, reservists, National Guard and members of sister services deploy from Fort Bliss each year.
The CAB isn't the only Fort Bliss unit that is deployed or preparing to deploy.
Fewer than 1,000 members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, are now in Afghanistan.
The 4th Brigade is spread out throughout Afghanistan. The unit is using small teams to train and advise Afghan security forces.
Up to 3,000 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, will deploy to Afghanistan this winter.
The 1st Brigade will go to the southern part of Afghanistan, and it will be doing a full counter-insurgency mission, Fort Bliss officials said.