Fort Stewart 3rd ID armored brigade to deploy to Korea

FORT STEWART (WTOC) - The U.S. Army says the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart will deploy this spring to the Republic of Korea.

The Raider Brigade will replace the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas.

This marks the first time a brigade from the 3rd Infantry Division has deployed to Korea since the Korean War.

"It's a new mission for the 3rd Infantry Division, but it's one we're ready for," Public Affairs Officer for the 1st Brigade Combat Team Major Pete Bogart said.

The deployment is part of a scheduled rotation. It's expected to last nine months and will include several different aspects.

"To work with Republic of Korea allies, support the second infantry division, deter North Korea aggression, and maintain alliance on the Korean Peninsula," Major Bogart said.

With the recent threats from North Korea including the potential use of nuclear weapons, Major Bogart says his team has been under intensive training and they're ready for whatever comes their way.

"We've known that Korea has been a possibility for quite a while. We've trained for that. Now, that it's officially here we're trained and ready for it," he said.

Officials say resources will be available for both soldiers and their families during deployment.

A color casing ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 30.

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