Two Fort Bragg brigades to deploy to Afghanistan in 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The 82nd Airborne Division will send two brigades to Afghanistan next year, Fort Bragg's commander said Wednesday.
"The new year will continue the deployment cycle," said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.
The 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade will send two battalions to Afghanistan and the brigade headquarters and a squadron to Kosovo, Allyn said.
The corps headquarters will deploy to Afghanistan in 2014, Allyn said.
Allyn spoke to about 280 people at the holiday luncheon of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army at the Fort Bragg Club.
The announcement comes within months after more than 10,000 soldiers have returned to Fort Bragg from Afghanistan.
"Our many special operations units and the separate brigades remain committed to the war on terror with deployments all over the globe and particularly to Afghanistan," Allyn said.
The 18th Airborne Corps headquarters will replace 3rd Corps headquarters in Afghanistan, probably in early 2014, Allyn said.
The 18th Airborne Corps will serve as "part of the headquarters" for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Allyn said.
"It goes without saying that 2013 will bring more of the same for Team Bragg," Allyn said.
The 18th Airborne Corps will continue its role as the "contingency corps" with responsibility for rapid worldwide deployment.
The corps will work with other branches of the armed services and other agencies of the federal government to be ready for rapid deployment, he said.
About 800 Fort Bragg soldiers deployed on short notice to New York and New Jersey to participate in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, he said. The soldiers came from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 20th Engineer Brigade and the 44th Medical Brigade.
"They indeed brought critical relief to communities that were dealing with the devastation that storm brought," Allyn said.