FORT RILEY, Kansas --
The Department of Defense today identified the 1st Infantry
Division as the headquarters unit to deploy as part of the upcoming transition
of authority in Iraq. The deployment involves a division headquarters element to
support the combatant commander's mission requirements.
500 Soldiers from the 1st Inf. Div.’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
will deploy to the Central Command area of responsibility in late October. Of
those 500, about 200 will deploy to Baghdad and Irbil, Iraq, as part of the 475
troops President Barack Obama authorized Sept. 10 to deploy to Iraq part of the
nation’s strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The troops will advise and
assist the Iraqi Security Forces to help them go on the offense against ISIL
and conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights. This will
also increase the United States’ capacity to target ISIL and coordinate the
activities of the U.S. military across Iraq.
brave, responsible and on-point Soldiers in the ‘Big Red One,’ we stand ready
to deploy anywhere in the world to protect the United States of America, her
citizens and her allies,” said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Inf. Div. and
Fort Riley commanding general. “We are ready for anything because we know we
have the nation behind us.”
Big Red One Soldiers will replace service members who have been in Iraq since
June. These forces provide a similarly sized headquarters staff to oversee the
expanded range of activities that these U.S. personnel in Iraq were assigned
and expand the headquarters of the Joint Forces Land Component Command, which
has operational control over activities in Iraq reporting to U.S. Central Command.
1st Inf. Div. Soldiers will begin to deploy in October and are preparing for a
Media inquiries regarding the division
headquarters’ deployment should be directed to the 1st Infantry Division Public
Affairs Office at (785) 307-6744.