We don't hear much about troop deployments these days. It seems like things have slowed down on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but that isn't true. 1,500 troops from the 1st Brigade Combat team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Fort Bliss will be going to Afghanistan. The deployment is part of the regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The troops will leave for Afghanistan later this winter.

The commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Major General Pat White said the the Ready First Brigade is "well-trained, well-led and fully prepared for the challenges this mission will bring." Operation Freedom’s Sentinel began on January 1, 2015. Its focus is training, advising, and assisting Afghan troops, as well as counter-terrorism efforts. The Fort Bliss soldiers will be joined by almost 4,600 troops from across the country who will be deploying to Afghanistan and Kuwait in the coming months.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the troops who will be deploying. We owe them everything and pray for their safe return. We also hold their families in our hearts. They will be at home worrying about their loved ones, and that is a tremendous burden. We look forward to the safe return of all our troops.

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