VOL. 23 - NO. 8
FEB 18 - 25, 2018
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

510.595.7777 FAX
SUBSCRIPTION RATE:
$25/YEAR
home
home
home
home

Joint Forces Journal is published privately, and in no way is connected with DoD, the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. This website and the printed newspaper are intended for the members of the Armed Forces and their families. Contents do not necessarily reflect official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, and do not imply endorsements thereof. The marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchases, user or patron for advertisers prohibited. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Editorial content is prepared and edited privately, and is provided by the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard installations. Correspondence and material for publication should be addressed to: Editor, Joint Forces Journal, P.O. Box 13283, Oakland, CA, 94661-0283. Deadline for receiving articles and photos is 3 p.m. Monday for publication on Friday of that week. Joint Forces Journal editorial policy is to use bylines and photo credits where applicable and when submitted.

Army Identifies Two Brigades Deploying to Afghanistan This Spring

Dec 23, 2017
by Brendan McGarry
The U.S. Army has announced plans to deploy two brigades to Afghanistan this coming spring.

In separate releases, the service identified the deploying units as the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; and the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Both brigades are based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The Army didn't specify how many troops would be affected by the orders.

"To balance the need for transparency with operational security, the Army will not provide specific numbers on deploying operations capabilities such as forces and equipment," Aleah Castrejon, a spokeswoman for the division, said.

A brigade typically numbers between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers.

The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will replace the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, while the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, will replace 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, according to the Army.

"The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is trained and ready for any mission in the Army," Col. Monté L. Rone, the brigade's commander, said in a release. "Our formation of soldiers are fit, inspired, disciplined, and trained. We couldn't do this without our families and owe a special thanks for their willingness to stand by our most precious resource -- The American Soldier."

"The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division has a proud deployment history in support of operations in Afghanistan," Col. David Zinn, the unit's commander, said in a release. "Our War Horse soldiers are trained, ready, and are honored that the Army has selected our unit for the deployment."

The deployments are part of a regular rotation of forces to support Operation Freedom's Sentinel, so they're unlikely to significantly alter the total number of U.S. service members in country.

While Pentagon officials have been reluctant to disclose the number of U.S. troops on the ground in combat zones, the Defense Manpower Data Center's most recent quarterly report listed 8,992 American service members in Iraq, 1,720 in Syria and 15,298 in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military has ramped up airstrikes in Afghanistan this year.

The Air Force's monthly bombing campaign in the country hit a five-year high in August. That came a few months after it dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on the ISIS Khorasan terrorist branch and a few months before unleashing the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter to bomb Taliban drug labs.

Even so, the Taliban still control or influence 54 of 407 districts in the country, or 13 percent, according to an October report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.

* * * * *

Photo caption: Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepare to exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during training. (U.S. Army/Sgt. William Howard)


subscribe

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Transcendence Theatre Company Presents “The Ladies of Broadway

“KITCHEN GOURMET” – Popsalot California Popcorn Offers a Flair for the Classsic Taste of Gourmet Caramel and Kettle Corn

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: SHN Announces Seven Broadway Musicals Coming to the SHN Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatres That Make up The 2018–2019 SHN Season.

Get Ready for Era of Hypersonic Flight -- at Five Times the Speed of Sound!

“KITCHEN GOURMET” – The Crispery Offers the Ultimate Gooey and Crispy Rice Treat – Crispycakes!

Army's Gray Eagle Drones Will Soon Be Ready for War

Kentucky National Guard Unit Deploying with 101st Airborne

Marines' Self-Flying Helicopter Kit a Finalist for Top Aviation Award

North Carolina Honors Coast Guard Captain Who Was Born a Slave

Navy Expands Incentives for Sailors to Extend Sea Duty Tours