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Two Fort Stewart battalions to deploy to Afghanistan

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Two battalions from the Third Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team will be deploying to Afghanistan this year to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment will deploy in 2012, according to the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart- Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs Office. The deployment orders affect an estimated 1,500 troops and their families from the Marne Division.

The two battalions are expected to be in Afghanistan for nine months as the U.S. Army starts the transition to the new Deployment Period Policy, according to the public affairs office. The new deployment policy went into effect Jan. 1. 

The 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, which is made up of estimated 800 soldiers, is part of the brigades heavy combat capability. They provide security to units conducting village stability operations in Afghanistan

The 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, which is made of an estimated  700 soldiers, will be part of a Stryker brigade combat team that's already  deployed. The battalion will increase the capability to perform multi-level, counter-insurgency operations and train Afghanistan National Security Force, according to public affairs office.

The Stryker brigade is deployed from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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