Army announces it will retain 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Posted: Fri 9:02 PM, Apr 07, 2017 (KTVF) – The Department of the Army announced today its intent to retain the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Airborne, 25th Infantry Division as a ‘brigade combat team’, and not convert it to an airborne task force.
The decision is based on emerging mission requirements and the FY17 defense budget, which calls for a regular Army end strength of 476,000 soldiers. The Army also announced today that approximately 1,500 soldiers from the 4th of the 25th, which is stationed in Anchorage, will deploy to Afghanistan later this year, as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
John Pennell, of U.S. Army Alaska, said none of the decision was based on what’s going on in Syria. “We think this shows a lot of faith in the 425 and paratroopers and leadership there in their professionalism, dedication to the mission, their ability to get the job done.
This is number one.
It’s such a strategic location and the training areas here, training opportunities are incredible.
I don’t think they could be matched anywhere else in the world,” said Pennell.