Fort Polk Brigade Team to be deployed


The Department of Defense announced June 7 that Fort Polk’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division is deploying as part of the upcoming summer rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

The scheduled rotation involves one infantry brigade team with roughly 1,230 personnel. The brigade team will deploy as a Security Force Assistance Brigade whose mission is to advise, and when necessary, assist their Afghan counterparts to further establish a secure Afghanistan, said Col. Mario A. Diaz, 4th BCT commander.

“Their success will be our success. There are no Soldiers in our Army more prepared to accomplish this mission. We have conducted rigorous training that culminated in our rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk,” Diaz said.

The unit, said Diaz, is the first in the Army to field and deploy Capability Set-13, the Army’s newest generation of command and control equipment.

“Our leadership in the 10th Mountain Division and the leaders and agencies on Fort Polk have worked tirelessly to ensure we have the support needed to successfully accomplish our mission and care for our Families. I will send periodic updates during the deployment as we execute our important mission,” said Diaz.