Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fall Iraq rotations announced

Yesterday the Army identified which units will be the next to deploy to Iraq. Relayed here FYI via the U.S. Army website.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 14, 2009) -- Three division headquarters and eight brigade combat teams have been scheduled to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in the next rotation beginning this fall.The deploying units include a total of about 30,000 troops. The deployment window for the rotation will begin in the fall and continue into early 2010, officials said. The deploying division headquarters are:

  • 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One), Fort Riley, Kan.
  • 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides), Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Rock of the Marne), Fort Stewart, Ga.

The brigades are:

  • 1st (Forerunners) Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
  • 1st, (Warrior), and 2nd (Commando) Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
  • 1st (Raider) and 2nd (Spartan) Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • 3rd (Sledgehammer) Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
  • 3rd (Iron) Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Carson, Colo.
  • 53rd (Gator) Brigade Combat Team, Florida Army National Guard
Also, I'll take this opportunity to say that "Rock of the Marne" is one of the most badass unit identifiers in the military.


  1. "Also, I'll take this opportunity to say that "Rock of the Marne" is one of the most badass unit identifiers in the military."

    I couldn't agree more.

  2. How come 1/1 AD isn't "Ready First" anymore?

  3. I'm sure Gunslinger will correct me if I'm wrong here, but I think "Ready First" is only used in the context of the "Ready First Combat Team," while the brigade's nickname is "Forerunners." Which is to say that "Ready First" is a name that's used when the brigade is deployed independently of its parent division, as it pretty much always will be now that we're going to a modular structure.

    So to answer the question, I think 1/1 AD still IS "Ready First," but the Army has an official nickname assigned to every unit and they use "Forerunners." (Can't recall Mansoor ever referring to them as that, though.)

  4. so does any one know when the 10th mountain 1-87 is deploying again and the 10th mountain 2-14 and where when they do deploy