The Army announced Jan. 25 the extension of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, currently deployed to Afghanistan. The extension of up to 120-days affects approximately 3,200 deployed Soldiers and their families. These Soldiers will maintain the tactical momentum on the ground to deny the Taliban a base of operations.

"The Army is very proud of the Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, and will ensure that they and their families have all the support and resources they need during this challenging time," said Gen. Richard Cody, vice chief of staff of the Army. "These Soldiers have accomplished a great deal in Afghanistan and will continue to get the mission done for our Army and this Nation. They and their families are truly Army Strong, and I am thankful every day for their professional and selfless commitment."

The extension comes as a result of a request from commanders on the ground in Afghanistan. The brigade is a key component of the NATO force promoting regional security and stability.

The Army continues to be completely supportive of the families touched by this extension, realizing the tremendous sacrifices they make daily so the Soldiers can do their jobs. Without our families' steadfast and unrelenting support, Soldiers would not be ready for combat, Army officials point out. Using the Army's proven Family Readiness Group (FRG) organizations, unit and installation commanders and their staffs will ensure families are fully supported by the installation and surrounding communities while their Soldier is away. In fact, 10th Mountain Division leadership informed the affected families during a meeting yesterday of their Family Readiness Groups. These groups provide command leadership, support and liaison to Soldiers' families during times of deployment and extended operations away from home.