Army Unit's Deployment Accelerated

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 - The 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, based in Fort Stewart, Ga., will deploy to Iraq sooner than originally scheduled, DoD officials announced today.

The unit was scheduled to begin its deployment in June, but will now begin its deployment in March. The headquarters was identified for deployment on Nov. 17.

The headquarters will provide command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of Baghdad security operations, Army Lt. Col. Mark Ballesteros, a DoD spokesman, said.

This three-month acceleration affects about 1,000 servicemembers.

"Force levels in Iraq continue to be conditions-based and are determined upon the recommendations of military commanders in Iraq and in consultation with the Iraqi government," Ballesteros said.

In January 2005, the 3rd Infantry Division became the first Army division to serve a second tour in Iraq. The division headquarters took control of Multinational Division Baghdad, with headquarters at Camp Liberty and with responsibility for the greater Baghdad area. The division redeployed to Fort Stewart and Fort Benning in January 2006.

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