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'Surge' Brigade paratroopers redeploy (Baghdad)

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Thursday, 06 March 2008
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20080306-05
March 6, 2008

‘Surge’ Brigade paratroopers redeploy (Baghdad)

Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD – Approximately 2,000 paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, are redeploying back to Fort Bragg, N.C., in the next several weeks.

The 2nd Brigade deployed in early January 2007 to become the theater command’s call-forward force. During this time, the 2nd Brigade was part of the initial surge of five additional brigades into Iraq.

According to Maj. Gen Jeffery Hammond, Multi-National Division -- Baghdad commanding general, the paratroopers established two of the first combat outposts in Baghdad.

As a direct result of living and patrolling where the Iraqi people work, gather and live, attacks in Adhamiyah have decreased from 465 to 15 per month since December 2006.

Hammond also said, “Falcon Soldiers spent $30 million on reconstruction projects including renovation of schools, generators, water pump repair, trash pick up and micro-loans, revitalizing markets making life better and safer for the residents of northeast Baghdad.”

Once 2nd Brigade redeploys, the number of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq will drop from 19 to 18, with three additional brigades scheduled to redeploy by July.

The unit will not be replaced.

“The redeployment of the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, represents the increased capability and progress being made in Iraq by the Iraqi security forces to provide their own security. It also continues the effort to reduce the number of brigade combat teams from 20 to 15 that had previously been outlined by the commander of Multi National Force – Iraq,” said Col. Billy J. Buckner, Multi-National Corps – Iraq spokesman.

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