KUWAIT CITY, March 20: A group of about 370 aviators will soon deploy to Kuwait and other Middle East locations, reports Al-Rai daily quoting the Watertown Daily Times of the US. The daily added that the aviators, from the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, will depart around the end of March, and serve overseas for about nine months.
The soldiers will serve as part of the advise-and-assist mission to build partner capacity in Kuwait and other locations in the region during their mission, according to the newspaper The new mission is in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait. Col Michael C. McCurry, the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s commander, said the soldiers follow the 10th Mountain Division’s tradition of service, dating to World War II.
“These great Mountaineers from 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment continue in that lineage,” he said in a statement. “They are well-trained, well-led, and ready to accomplish the mission.” The daily added the unit’s “forward presence and stationing builds partner capacity, assures allies, and deters aggressors.” The unit last deployed in April 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On the other hand the US “Army Times newspaper” said about 4,000 soldiers shall be sent to the Middle East sometime this spring, the Department of the Army announced Monday.
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division will be deploying to Kuwait, according to the announcement. Col Chip Daniels, commander of 3rd Brigade, said the brigade is going to Kuwait to strengthen regional stability and security in coordination with America’s partner nations.