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500 Ft. Riley troops to deploy to U.S. bases to assist with Afghanistan evacuation

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Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 6:10 PM CDT
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FT. RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - About 500 troops from Ft. Riley will deploy to military bases in the U.S. to help with the Afghanistan evacuation.

Fort Riley says the Department of Defense has approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment and support in the U.S. for vulnerable Afghans at Ft. McCoy, Wis., Ft. Bliss, Tex., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Ft. Lee, Va.

According to the military base, about 500 service members from the 1st Infantry Division in Ft. Riley will provide support to Ft. McCoy, Ft. lee and JBMDL to help with the efforts.

“This has been a heartbreaking week for many Americans, especially our military veterans and their families. The men and women of our Armed Forces are the best our country has to offer, and the Kansans at Fort Riley are no exception. Five hundred brave service members from the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley are deploying to several U.S. Military bases around the country to assist incoming refugees following their evacuation from Afghanistan,” said Representative Jake LaTurner (R-02). “Join me in praying for the safety of the Kansans answering the call of duty and for all our servicemen and women assisting in the Afghanistan evacuation. God Bless our Armed Forces.”

Ft. Riley soldiers will join service members from Ft. Hood, Tex., Ft. Bliss, Tex., Ft. Carson, Colo., and Ft. Leanard Wood Mo. as part of III Corps’ overall mission announced earlier in the week.

Ft. Riley said U.S. Northern Command is the DoD’s lead combatant command for this mission in the continental states and provides oversight in support of the Department of State. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is the head of the mission.

According to Ft. Riley, the task forces at Ft. McCoy, Ft. Lee and JBMDL will provide housing, medical care, logistics and transportation support.

“When our Nation calls, The Big Red One and Fort Riley always answer with action; our troops are highly trained and ready to respond to any mission, anytime and anywhere,” said Lt. Col. Alex Tignor, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley spokesperson. “The Big Red One, military police, medical professionals, and logistics soldiers—men and women—deploying to these temporary housing sites are proud to join task forces U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Defense teams at Fort McCoy, Fort Lee and JBMDL in supporting the State Department with this mission.”

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