About 400 Fort Campbell soldiers joining unit in Iraq

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) " Fort Campbell says about 400 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division are deploying to Iraq this summer.

The post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border says the soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team will deploy as part of an increase in authorized troop levels in Iraq.

They are to join some 1,300 previously deployed soldiers from the same unit who deployed in the spring.

Lt. Col. Eric Lopez, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team provision brigade commander, said in a news release from the post that the soldiers are referred to as the "Strike Ready Force." He says they're "prepared to deploy and join the team in Iraq at a moment's notice."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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