FORT CAMPBELL – The 101st Airborne Division will have yet another stint in Afghanistan, with the deployment this fall of about 1,900 soldiers from two of its brigades.
The Department of Defense on Wednesday announced three Army units will deploy in fall 2014 as part of the upcoming rotation of forces.
According to the DOD news release, the scheduled rotation involves:
• Roughly 1,000 personnel from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
• Roughly 900 personnel from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne.
• Roughly 1,725 personnel from 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Those numbers indicate about a third of each brigade from the 101st will actually be missioned for deployment.
Currently, the 101st Airborne's 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and 2nd Brigade Combat Team are in Afghanistan, finishing up a nine-month deployment.
While on May 27 President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge that the U.S. combat mission would be over at the end of 2014, a force of 9,800 — down from the current 32,000 — will remain in the country as of the beginning of 2015, according to previous media reports.
That number is expected to be halved by 2016 to around 4,900, and by the end of 2016, the plan is that there will be a minimal presence remaining in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul.