Fort Polk soldiers headed to Afghanistan
FORT POLK - The Army says about 1,230 officers and soldiers from the infantry brigade combat team based at Fort Polk will be heading to Afghanistan as advisers in July.
Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, is coming from Fort Drum, N.Y., for Friday's deployment ceremony for the division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
This deployment won't involve all 3,400 soldiers in the 4th of the 10th. Brigade spokesman Capt. William Brink says small teams of officers and non-commissioned officers will advise their counterparts in the Afghan army.
This will be the unit's fourth deployment since it was officially activated at Fort Polk in January 2005.
The brigade went to Iraq in November 2007 and to Afghanistan in October 2010, and several formations within the brigade operated in Afghanistan throughout 2006 and 2007.