Fort Bragg's 1st Brigade Combat Team to deploy to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has announced the deployment of another 82nd Airborne Division brigade to Afghanistan next year.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team will join two battalions of the 4th Brigade Combat Team and several other Fort Bragg units in Afghanistan.

Paratroopers with 4th Brigade began deploying last week. In all, 1,000 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will serve in Afghanistan.

According to Friday's release from the Department of Defense, roughly 3,200 soldiers with 1st Brigade will join them ahead of spring elections in Afghanistan next year.

The 1st Brigade last deployed to Afghanistan in early 2012 and served in Ghazni province in Regional Command East.

The deploying paratroopers will travel to Fort Polk, La., next month for Joint Readiness Training.

Other units slated to deploy include the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas; the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Ansbach, Germany; and the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters at Fort Hood.

Several Fort Bragg units are already serving in Afghanistan, including the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, special operations troops and several other units from the 18th Airborne Corps.

The 18th Airborne Corps headquarters is set to deploy to Afghanistan next month. It will form the core of the International Joint Command and National Support Element.

Another Fort Bragg unit, the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, has elements deployed to Kosovo.

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