Troop Rotation

DefenseLINK News: Troop Rotation to Iraq Continues, Units Assuming Control
Just some news about the rotation of troops into and out of Iraq that I thought would be interesting.

The largest rotation of U.S. forces since World War II continues in Iraq, Defense Department officials said today.

In all more than 250,000 U.S. service members are affected.

Planning for the rotation began months ago. New units worked with units in Iraq to learn their new missions and to plan the movement. In December, new units began flowing into the region, and in January, they began the relief-in-place process.

Officials expect the rotation to continue through May, when 110,000 U.S. service members will be in place. They will replace the 130,000 Americans who have been serving in the region. When the rotation is complete, about 80,000 soldiers, 25,000 Marines and 5,000 Air Force and Navy personnel will be in Iraq. Fourteen brigades will have replaced 17 brigades.

To date, about 95 percent of the service members deploying to Iraq have arrived in the region. More than 90 percent of the cargo has arrived, and more than 60 percent of the personnel due to return to home stations have done so.

Some moves already have occurred. Task Force Olympia has relieved the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul. The largest unit in Task Force Olympia is the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (called the Stryker Brigade) from Fort Lewis, Wash. The 101st has returned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

There’s a lot more information about the rotation in the rest of the story. If you are interested in more news about the Stryker Brigade, try Stryker Brigade News.

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