10th Mountain Division unit to deploy to Iraq

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, wait for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to land after completing a security meeting and tour with Afghan security forces at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Landry/Released)

WASHINGTON — Approximately 2,100 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana will deploy to Iraq in fall 2017.

This is a regular rotation of forces where soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Third Brigade will be the first brigade-sized unit to deploy under the Associated Units Pilot Program. As part of the Army Total Force, 3rd Brigade has served with the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard since March 2016.

“The significant impact we’re making as a division crosses state lines, oceans and international borders. With the enhanced integration of active/reserve components, we’re building a better and stronger team that will enable us to fight our nation’s wars. We wish the 3rd Brigade well and a safe return to their families,” said Maj. Gen. S. Lee Henry, commanding general of the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard.

“During the last several months, the Patriots have worked hard and completed multiple training events to include a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in preparation for this important mission,” said Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, commander of the 10th Mountain Division. “I am extremely confident and proud of the entire 3rd Brigade Team.”