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General forecasts Third Infantry's transition after deployments

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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

The Third Infantry Division is wrapping up more than a decade of back-and-forth deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their commander told a group of community leaders their training and probable missions will change.

Maj. Gen. Mike Murray told the audience of a Chamber of Commerce luncheon the remaining units of Fourth Brigade should be back to Fort Stewart by Thanksgiving. This will mark the end of the most recent long-term deployment.

Marne soldiers helped lead the march into Iraq back in 2003. Since then, the divison has been on a loop of either training for deployment or being deployed for nine to twelve months as part of the War on Terror.

"We should see some stability in the near future as far as the divison," the general said. "Of course, something could happen tomorrow to change that. But for now, we should see some stability and an end to division or brigade-sized deployments."

Murray told the group Thursday that doesn't exclude short-term deployments of smaller groups in specific missions instead of counter insurgency operations.

He told the group one of the upcoming challenges will be adjusting to a smaller Army and budget and force reductions. 

"The Army will reduce in size, but it will remain trained and ready to do whatever it may be called to do," he said.

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