The deployment will affect more than 700 Soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell, according to Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander.
|Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell announcing the headquarters deployment|
This will mark the headquarters’ second deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan where it will once again serve as the headquarters for NATO’s Regional Command-East. The division headquarters will deploy six months sooner than previously planned in order to increase continuity in theater by providing a unit with institutional knowledge of the environment and mission.
To give Soldiers in the headquarters a year of dwell time, the 82nd Airborne Division will extend their current deployment. The 82nd officially replaced the 101st on June 3.
“We are humbled with the opportunity to again serve our nation as military and civilian leaders around the world recognize the value and legacy of our great division and the impact it made most recently during operations in Afghanistan,” Campbell said. “While it is an honor to be called back to serve in combat, this call places a toll not only on our Soldiers —but most importantly our families. We appreciate their sacrifice and their continued sacrifice as we prepare for this upcoming mission.”