By Lt. Col. Lee PacknettMarch 2, 2009
The Department of the Army confirmed details today of the Department of Defense's announcement to deploy the 82nd Airborne Division (All American) Headquarters and 4th Brigade Combat Team (Cobras), 4th Infantry Division to Afghanistan as part of a normal rotation of forces. The scheduled rotation for these forces will begin in late spring.
The headquarters of the All-American Division will relieve the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles, and the 4th Infantry Division Cobras will relieve the 3rd Brigade (Dukes) Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One).
The Army will provide only the best led, best trained, and best equipped forces possible to the combatant commander for operations in Afghanistan.
When America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush called upon the American military to fight global terrorism. All-American soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and the Central Command Area of Responsibility to support combat operations.
All-American Soldiers and units have continued to support the operations in Afghanistan through 2002 to 2008, with battalion and brigade combat team deployments varying in length from four to fifteen months.
In January 2007, the division headquarters deployed to Afghanistan on a scheduled rotation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and returned to Fort Bragg in April 2008.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team (Cobras), 4th Infantry Division, officially activated as one of the U.S. Army's first modular brigades as part of an Army-wide restructuring and transformation process, or "future force," on Dec. 16, 2004.
Led by the unit's first commander, Col. Michael F. Beech, and brigade command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Major John E. Moody Jr., the unit fully manned, equipped, and trained approximately 4,000 Cobra Soldiers in less than one year, and deployed with the rest of the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in late November 2005. Upon redeployment to Fort Hood in December 2006, the brigade immediately started training for future missions.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Lee M. Packnett at (703) 614-2487.