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Fort Bragg’s 2nd SFAB to Deploy to Afghanistan in Spring, Other Army Units Headed Overseas

Fort Bragg’s 2nd SFAB to Deploy to Afghanistan in Spring, Other Army Units Headed Overseas by Corey Dickstein - Stars & Stripes

The 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade, the Army’s second brigade built of specially trained combat advisers, will deploy to Afghanistan next year, Army officials said Thursday.

The Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd SFAB will deploy in the spring to train and advise Afghan security forces across the country in its 18th year of war. The Army announced the about 800-soldier unit’s deployment in a statement that included upcoming rotations for several other units later this year and in 2019.

The adviser brigade’s deployment will come several months after the Fort Benning, Ga.-based 1st SFAB is expected to return home from Afghanistan, an Army official said. The official, who is not authorized to discuss sensitive deployment details and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said other forces would be used to ensure the training mission continues during that time gap.

The official said the Army wanted to provide the 2nd SFAB a full training cycle to prepare for the mission. The 1st SFAB, which arrived in Afghanistan in late February, was deployed before it could complete a full training cycle, though unit officials have said it was sufficiently prepared for the rotation…

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