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Army announces summer deployments for Alaska, Texas, NC units

More than a dozen MV-22B Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), fly in close formation as they approach the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 27, after returning from a deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua S. McAlpine)

The Army is tapping soldiers from Alaska, Texas and North Carolina for deployments this summer to Afghanistan, Iraq and South Korea.

About half of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, will head to Iraq, the Army said in a statement. It will replace the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Army said.

“We are privileged to be joining the international coalition that will defeat ISIS and set conditions for increased regional stability,” Col. Matthew W. Brown, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said in the statement.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., will rotate to Afghanistan as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

It replaces the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

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“Our great paratroopers are honored to answer our nation’s call to deploy overseas,” Col. Art Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement.

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to South Korea this summer.

“Greywolf [Brigade] is no stranger to the Republic of Korea, having sent the U.S. Army’s first rotational battalion there in 2014,” Col. Kevin Capra, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement. “We look forward to once again working with our Korean partners and strengthening our nation’s alliance.”

According to the Army, the group replaces the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of South Korea.

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