The Defense Department said it would rotate a National Guard unit that
was deployed in Kuwait. The Pentagon said the rotation would begin in 2012
and involve nearly 4,000 troops.
"The 55th HBCT is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait to provide force
protection and convoy security," the Pentagon said on March 7.
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The brigade has been assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard and
would be deployed to guard U.S. facilities in Kuwait. The GCC sheikdom
contains about 15,000 troops and serves as a hub for U.S. operations in both
the Gulf as well as Afghanistan.
The Pentagon said it would also rotate another combat brigade, the 27th
Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 27th, part of the New York National Guard,
would be deployed in Afghanistan and assigned to security force assistance.