Big Red One, Fort Riley deploying 500 troops to support Afghan evacuees

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The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will be deploying troops in support of Afghan evacuees.

The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for vulnerable Afghans from forts across the nation.

Approximately 500 service members from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will provide support to Fort McCoy, Fort Lee, and JBMDL to assist in these efforts as part of the task forces located there.

The soldiers from Fort Riley will be joining service members from several forts as part of Third Corps’ overall mission, which was announced earlier this week.

1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley spokesperson Lt. Col. Alex Tignor says the Big Red One always answers the call when called upon by the nation.

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