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Fort Carson unit trains for next deployment

But soldiers don't know when, or where it'll be

Fort Carson unit trains for next deployment

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Despite some confusion about Fort Carson's role in the next wave of Army deployments, readiness training for a future deployment continues at the Mountain Post.

The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a unit of 3,500 soldiers, began readiness training a week ago and should finish early this week.

Recently, President Trump announced he would send more troops to Afghanistan, and an Army official said Fort Carson would be part of that new wave,

However, Fort Carson leadership said it has yet to receive deployment orders.

The 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team is helping the 2nd IBCT train because the latter unit is next in the deployment rotation.

"Until we receive that order, we have to stay prepared to fight and win our nation's wars," Lt. Col. Lawson Bell, of the 1st IBCT, said.  "No matter what's going on in the world.  Our job is to help the 2nd IBCT prepare by acting as a realistic, thinking enemy in a complex terrain with mountains and an urban area."

During the current exercise, the 2nd IBCT invaded and took control of Camp Red Devil, a makeshift town used for training purposes, and repelled an enemy attack.

"Things are going well," said Command Sgt. Major Vincent Simonetti, of the 2nd IBCT.  "We're shaping our decisive actions in offensive, defensive and stability operations."

When the current exercise ends, the 2nd IBCT will travel to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

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