Army to deploy 600 Fort Bliss troops overseas by summer

File Photo: Fort Bliss soldier training.

About 200 Fort Bliss soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan this spring with 400 others heading to Iraq in the summer, the Army announced Wednesday.

Soldiers from the 1st Armored Divisions Sustainment Brigade stationed at Fort Bliss will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of a regular rotation of forces for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the Army said.

Their primary mission would be to provide sustainment and logistical support to units across the area of operations.

"Our soldiers are well-trained and ready to conduct sustainment operations in support of this important mission," said Col. Michael Lalor, commander, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade. "We've built professional and resilient soldiers through a rigorous training schedule and resilient families within the Muleskinner brigade. We are ready to answer the nation's call in Afghanistan or wherever else we are needed around the world."

In the summer, 400 soldiers from the 1st Armed Division Headquarters in Fort Bliss will deploy to Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve.

"America's Tank Division is highly trained and ready for this important mission," said Maj. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. "We are proud to work alongside our Iraqi allies and coalition partners to continue the fight against ISIS. I'm also extremely impressed by the commitment and sacrifice of our military families. It is their stalwart support and resilience that gives us the strength to serve."

The troops will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq, the Army said. They would be responsible for mission command of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi security forces.

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