Fort Drum Soldiers And General Piatt Deploying To Iraq

Fort Drum Soldiers And General Piatt Deploying To Iraq

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More than 500 Fort Drum soldiers, including the commander of the 10th Mountain Division, will be deploying to Iraq this spring.

The Department of the Army announced Tuesday that 10th Mountain Division Headquarters will replace 1st Armored Division Headquarters as part of a regular rotation of forces to support Operation Inherent Resolve.

Major General Walter Piatt, commanding general of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, is deploying as part of the rotation.

"During the last several months, the 10th Mountain Division staff and leaders have worked hard and completed multiple training events to include an intense war fighter exercise in preparation for Operation Inherent Resolve," said General Piatt in a prepared statement. "We are honored to be part of the global coalition in support of the Iraqi Security Forces as they consolidate gains from their successful efforts to achieve a lasting defeat of ISIS in Iraq. We will build upon the success of the 1st Armored Division as we look forward to partnering with the coalition forces and the Iraqi Security Forces as they build long term stability through credible and ready security forces."

Officials are not releasing information about exactly when the troops will leave Fort Drum or how long the deployment will last.

Fort Drum says the 10th Mountain Division remains globally engaged with Soldiers deployed in 13 countries in support of combatant commanders and 4 named operations.

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