When U.S. combat forces leave Afghanistan the end of 2014, Oregon’s National Guard troops will be there to hand over the mission to the United Nations and hopefully, “turn out the lights” for a total exit.
Some 1,150 Oregon Guardsmen from the Clackamas-based 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have received notification that they will go through pre-deployment exercises at Fort Hood, Texas, in late spring. While orders are subject to change between now and then, currently this combat team expects to deploy to Afghanistan following the Fort Hood mobilization.
Two-hundred and sixty Oregon Guard Soldiers were “off ramped” for this deployment due to the change in mission in Afghanistan; there is every possibility that more Soldiers on this team will not deploy if the focus continues to shift.
The draw down of combat forces in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, could in fact, mean a total withdrawal of the American military. President Obama is currently weighing options with the Afghan government and U.S. military brass.
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