HEIDELBERG, Germany — Some 8,000 Europe-based soldiers will be heading to Iraq and Afghanistan next year, according to an announcement Wednesday from U.S. Army Europe.

Officials announced the upcoming deployments of some 4,200 soldiers to be sent between March and November, for an expected 15-month tour. Those units come mostly from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, headquartered in Kaiserslautern but with units based throughout Germany.

There are currently 13,500 Europe-based troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said.

The newly announced units are in addition to some 3,800 soldiers with the Baumholder-based 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, whose expected 2008 deployment was previously announced by the Department of Defense.

Additionally, a number of units scheduled for deployment next year originally were scheduled to deploy this year. Those units are marked with an asterisk (*).

All but one of the units deploying next year are based in Germany. The exception is the 1st Platoon (Postal), 111th Adjutant General Company, from Vicenza, Italy.

Numerous communities in Germany will be affected by the unit deployments, including Bamberg, Baumholder, Grafenwöhr, Hohenfels, Illesheim, Kaiserslautern, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.

Units deploying to Iraq and AfghanistanOperation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)

V Corps will send:

54th Engineer Battalion (Combat)370th Engineer Company (Combat)3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment (AH-64 Helicopter)The 21st Theater Sustainment Command will send:

230th Military Police Company*391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion*68th Transportation Company*212th Military Police Company*486th Movement Control TeamHeadquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 793rd Military Police Battalion69th Transportation Company18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion51st Transportation Company209th Army Liaison Team574th Quartermaster Company16th Sustainment Brigade70th Transportation Company406th Adjutant General Company (U.S. Army Reserve)106th Financial Management CompanyDetachment C, 106th Financial Management CompanyThe 95th Military Police Battalion will send:

Seven Patrol/Explosive Dog Detection Teams and one Military Police Specialized Search Dog Team.1st Personnel Command will send:

1st Platoon (Postal), 111th Adjutant General Company from Vicenza)1st Platoon (Postal), 147th Adjutant General Company2nd Platoon (Postal), 147th Adjutant General Company3rd Platoon (Postal), 147th Adjutant General Company266th Finance Command will send:

Detachment A, 8th Finance BattalionDetachment C, 8th Finance BattalionOperation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command will send:

495th Movement Control Team624th Movement Control Team527th Military Police Company*The 95th Military Police Battalion will send:

Two Patrol/Explosive Dog Detection Teams; five Patrol/Explosive Dog Detection Teams; and a Military Police Specialized Dog Search Team1st Personnel Command will send:

1st Platoon (Postal), 566th Adjutant General Company3rd Platoon (Postal), 566th Adjutant General CompanyInternational Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan):

From 7th Army Joint MultinationalTraining Command will send:

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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