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10th Mountain Division headquarters heading to Afghanistan

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FORT DRUM — The 10th Mountain Division headquarters will be deploying to Afghanistan this winter, according to an announcement this evening from the Department of Defense.

According to the department’s announcement, the headquarters unit will be sending about 630 personnel for their mission to Afghanistan.

The looming deployment has been discussed for months by several in the division’s leadership, including post and division commander Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend.

The headquarters was one of six units announced for the deployment. Also announced were elements of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters.

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