10 Mtn Div HQ deploys to Iraq

FORT DRUM – Governor David A. Paterson today addressed nearly 1,100 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division as they prepare in the coming days to deploy to Iraq. The 15-month deployment will be the division headquarters’ first tour in Iraq, having previously deployed to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004 and most recently from 2006 to 2007.

The 10th Mountain Division headquarters will be responsible for command and control of coalition military forces in south and southeast Baghdad, as well as Karbala, Najaf, Babil and Wasit provinces.

“It is my honor and privilege to send off these brave men and women, whose selfless service is a reminder that the freedom and opportunity we enjoy in America is not the rule throughout human history,” said Governor Paterson. “Neither is it an accident of fate or consequence. Rather, it has only been made possible by the bravery, courage and selflessness of our soldiers – and the quiet heroism of our soldiers’ families.”

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