Fort Polk Soldiers Headed for Iraq
Soldiers from Fort Polk in Louisiana will deploy to Iraq this fall. 2100 soldiers will be involved in anti-terrorism operations.
Base spokesperson Kim Reischling says they are committed to providing support to the families of the deployed soldiers. She says Fort Polk provides these families with the services they need while their loved ones are deployed.
The soldiers are with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. These forces will replace those from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
"Our soldiers have spent the last year preparing for this mission and are ready to handle any threat anywhere. Without their sacrifice and efforts, our unit would not be the combat focused force it is," said Col. Brian Sullivan, the brigade commander, in a statement. "I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to our soldiers and their families for everything they have done and continue to do."
"During the last several months, the Patriots have worked hard and completed multiple training events to include a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in preparation for this important mission," said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, in a statement. "I am extremely confident and proud of the entire 3rd Brigade team."