The Department of the Army announced today the deployment of two Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based units assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps. Late this summer, the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters will deploy about 450 soldiers to Kuwait and the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division will deploy about 400 soldiers to South Korea.
The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters will replace III Corps as the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIL, also known as Da'esh. Meanwhile, the 1-17th Cavalry, the final Kiowa Warrior Squadron remaining in our Army, will conduct a rotational deployment to provide aviation support to the U.S. mission in South Korea
"The XVIII Airborne Corps has a long and proud history of constant readiness to answer the calls of our Nation," said Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, XVIII Airborne Corps. "Our Soldiers and units are skilled, tough and stand ready around the clock to defend America. They are ready for both of these important missions to deter North Korean aggression and to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL which will improve security in those regions and make the American people safer."
"The Squadron is an exceptionally well-led and highly trained unit with very talented and adaptable troopers which represent both the last and also the very best of the U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior Squadrons," Col. Erik Gilbert, commander, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade said. "I know they are ready for any contingency and am confident they will be a superb addition to U.S. Forces assigned to the defense of South Korea, particularly at this time of heightened tensions."
For more information on the XVIII Airborne Corps deployment, contact Col. Holly Silkman, XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-907-5290. For more information on the 82nd Airborne Division deployment, contact Master Sgt. Patrick Malone, 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at: email@example.com, 910-432-0487.