SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Army says it plans to deploy about 1,500 soldiers stationed in southeast Georgia to Afghanistan starting next month.
A Fort Stewart spokesman, Lt. Col. Benjamin Garrett, said Wednesday two battalions from the post's 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team will deploy in February and April. The brigade's soldiers have served four times in Iraq since 2003, but this would be their first deployment to Afghanistan.
The Georgia troops are scheduled to deploy for nine months as the Army plans to shorten tours now that U.S. forces have left Iraq and are drawing down in Afghanistan.
The deploying soldiers make up a fraction of the more than 19,000 soldiers in the Fort Stewart-based 3rd Infantry Division. No other units in the division have received deployment orders.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thursday, June 8 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:44:50 GMT
A man wanted on charges in a kidnapping and shooting in Alabama is under arrest in New Jersey after a traffic stop. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say an officer pulled over 23-year-old Birmingham...More >>
Wounded by allegations of sexual misconduct with teens, Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore has largely disappeared from the traditional campaign trail in the race for U.S. Senate, relying on surrogates and social...More >>
Thursday, June 8 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:45:08 GMT
Authorities say a Georgia police officer responded to the wrong house and shot and injured the homeowner. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Henry County police asked the agency to...More >>
Jane Fonda used her 80th birthday celebration to raise $1.3 million for her foundation. The two-time Oscar-winner held the "Eight Decades of Jane" fundraiser at an upscale hotel Saturday night. The event recognized...More >>