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4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Set To deploy To Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced Thursday the upcoming deployment of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Vanguard Brigade is expected to depart their home station in February for a 9-month deployment as part of the International Security and Assistance Force under the command of Regional Command – East.

The team of approximately 2,200 Soldiers will provide support and training to the Afghan National Security Forces as they continue to improve their ability and leadership in operations.

The unit has been training for this mission since July including a month-long mission readiness exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana in November.

"The Soldiers of the Vanguard Brigade are highly motivated, incredibly well trained and look forward to this opportunity to serve our Nation and assist the Afghan people and we're proud to be a part of the team." said Col. Kimo C. Gallahue, the brigade's commanding officer.

The 4th IBCT last deployed to Iraq from July 2010 to July of 2011 where their mission was to strengthen Iraqi Security Forces and transition missions and facilities in the Al Anbar Province to the Government of Iraq contributing to provincial security and an enduring Iraq-US strategic partnership.

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