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Hawaii Squadron Heads to Korea for Rotational Deployment

Army aviators in Hawaii conduct a brigade wide combined training exercise as they prepare for an operational deployment to the Republic of Korea. (Photo by Mark Leung/US Army)
Army aviators in Hawaii conduct a brigade wide combined training exercise as they prepare for an operational deployment to the Republic of Korea. (Photo by Mark Leung/US Army)

SEOUL, South Korea — The 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment will begin a nine-month rotational deployment at Camp Humphreys in January, according to the 8th Army.

The 2-6 CAV, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will replace the 6-17th Cavalry Regiment, which will return to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The 6-17 CAV has been providing aviation reconnaissance and security support to U.S. and South Korean forces under the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, during its nine-month deployment, according to an 8th Army statement Friday.

The upcoming arrival of the 2-6 CAV is the latest in a growing number of rotational deployments to the Korean peninsula. Supporters say rotational deployments, which involve intact units rather than servicemembers on individual tours, means more stability and less turnover within units.

Officials have not said how many 2-6 CAV soldiers will be part of the deployment.

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