~~~~~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Well, it looks like there has been a presidential decision made regarding the number of 'Our Guys' to deploy to Afghanistan by the end of summer. From what I've been reading since our new President was inaugurated, it was a decision delayed until he could get more input from those in charge of the action. He also requested a plan for those troops prior to approval. I've also read where Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked to help conduct 'Review of War' as well.
If I'm not mistaken, the original request was for an additional 30,000 troops.
The Department of Defense put out this statement earlier today.
DoD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment
Pursuant to President Obama's decision today, Secretary Gates ordered the deployment of two additional combat units, totaling more than 12,000 troops, to Afghanistan. The 2d (MEB), from Camp LeJune, N.C., with approximately 8,000 Marines will deploy to Afghanistan in late Spring 2009.
The 5th Stryker Brigade, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., will deploy approximately 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in mid-summer 2009. This Stryker Brigade and the MEB will deploy to increase the capabilities of the (ISAF).
Approximately 5,000 additional troops to support these will receive deployment orders at a later date.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments when they are approved. For additional information on the Marine Expeditionary Brigade, contact Marine Corps Public Affairs at Army Public Affairs at . . For additional information on the Army brigade, contact
I reckon I best be calling the eldest brother DR. His two oldest sons (my nephews) are in the Marines. One is stationed at Camp LeJune. Speaking with him last week, he had said that J. was being sent to Iraq and the T. would more than likely be sent to Afghanistan. And now I know it's more than likely. Two more of my own to send support to. Whoo boy... I'm going to need a second job.
And so it goes......