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10/31/06

Division Commander on Deployment Plans

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch

In a matter of months, thousands of Third Infantry soldiers from in the Coastal Empire will be back in Iraq. But today, their commander gave some insight into the upcoming deployment.

WTOC talked with Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch today. He outlined when First Brigade soldiers will leave for their year of duty, but they won't be alone.

Gen. Lynch announced Tuesday what many already suspected. While First Brigade has formal orders to deploy to Iraq early next year, the rest of the division won't be far behind.

"With the sequence being Third Brigade up at Fort Benning next, then division headquarters then Sustainment Brigade then Aviation Brigade then Second Brigade and Fourth Brigade," explained Gen. Lynch. "By next fall, the majority of the division will be deployed back to combat operations in Iraq."

Under the Army's new modularity system, the division would go in individual brigades. So as the last brigade gets there, it's possible the first brigade could be getting ready to come home.

In Iraq, October has been the deadliest month in two years for American soldiers. Gen. Lynch says the terrorists hope to break America's resolve before next week's congressional elections.

"I'm not so sure if they care if it is a Democratic-controlled Congress or a Republican-controlled Congress," he said.  "They just want the American people to say enough is enough."

As he credits the Coastal Empire for its supporting soldiers during past deployments, he asked neighbors to encourage those in uniform while they're still at home as well. "What we need is the American public that turns to us routinely and says thank you, thanks for doing what you're doing."

Gen. Lynch also wants people of the Coastal Empire and Low Country to know that US troops and the Iraqi people are making progress against the insurgents who want to topple the new Iraqi government.

He also asked those who live near the post to be patient with noise and traffic in the training areas as the soldiers get ready to deploy.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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