Boldly into the fray: Godspeed to 10th Mountain Division on Afghan mission
Tuesday, December 15th 2009
President Obama, commander in chief of the armed forces, has sounded the call to duty in Afghanistan. And as it has so often done before, the 10th Mountain Division has answered.
We salute the 3,500 infantrymen of the Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, who next month will begin a one-year deployment to Afghanistan from their base at Fort Drum in upstate New York. They are the first members of the legendary division ordered into the theater of combat since Obama announced an escalation in the battle against radical Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists.
They will no doubt serve with honor, with guts and with skill to burn, as they have countless times before. This brigade was last deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and served in Iraq in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Now its members and their families are writing a new page of valor. We wish the brigade good luck, Godspeed and success in its mission.
It may be their fight, but it is our nation's war.
The 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team is currently serving in Afghanistan and is expected to return home early next year.
CLIMB TO GLORY!