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Army Deploying Heavy Brigade from 1st ID to Korea

Members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, wait in Fort Riley’s deployment center.  (Army Photo: Amanda Kim Stairrett)
Members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, wait in Fort Riley’s deployment center. (Army Photo: Amanda Kim Stairrett)

The U.S. Army announced Wednesday it will deploy a heavy brigade from the 1st Infantry Division as part of the regular rotation to the Republic of Korea.

Approximately 3,500 soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kansas, will deploy this fall and replace the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team to support the United States Forces-Korea's commitment to the Republic of Korea, according to an Oct. 19 Army press release.

"I am exceptionally proud of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat team," Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, deputy commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, said in the release.

"The Devil brigade has proven themselves while conducting rigorous training during Danger Focus at home station and at the National Training Center," the release states. "The leaders and soldiers of this great brigade are well-trained and fully prepared for this important mission to South Korea."

The Army also announced recently that the Fort Riley-based 1st ID will deploy 500 soldiers to Iraq this fall to assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters troops will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), providing command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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