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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A brigade of Fort Campbell soldiers has cased its colors in preparation for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

The Kentucky New Era reports 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, which consists of nearly 3,000 soldiers, will begin deploying in January to support combat operations in the north and east regions on the country.

The commander of the brigade, Col. Jimmy Blackmon, told soldiers their mission was atypical but still important as the U.S. begins winding down its military presence in Afghanistan.

It is the brigade's fifth casing ceremony since 2003.