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Two Afghan Plus-Up Units Announced

Just out from the Pentagon: the first units designated for service in Afghanistan in support of President Obama’s announced plus-up of 17,000 troops have been

Jul 31, 2020
Just out from the Pentagon:Headed to Afghanistan in late spring of 2009 are a combat brigade and a division HQ element:
Specific units receiving deployment orders include:
82nd Airborne Division Headquarters, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, Colo.
That’s about 4700 soldiers. Also, the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, based out of Ft. Lewis, Wash., is slated to head to Iraq in the fall. That’s a Stryker brigade combat team; don’t look for it to be doing much advisory work. It’s replacing another unit that’s leaving Iraq, though, so don’t think that the force level is ramping up by its deployment.
Update: This post is wrong. The brigade and the division HQ unit will replace existing units in Afghanistan, making them separate from the plus-up. I regret the error — shouldn’t have read that press release so fast — and thank reader JF for pointing it out to me.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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