3rd Infantry Division

Called Back to Iraq

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which led the drive to Baghdad during the Iraq war, announced Friday that it has received orders to return for at least a year to fight insurgents and help the Iraqis establish their own government.

Col. Steven L. Salazar, a brigade commander, said the deployment could begin between November and February.

"The deployment is part of a planned rotation of forces," Maj. Gen. William Webster, the division's commander, said in a statement. "We expect to be deployed for approximately one year. However, there are no guarantees. The situation on the ground and the needs of the theater commander will ultimately determine the length of our deployment."

Two of the division's brigades are at Fort Stewart, and a third is across the state at Fort Benning. The division's aviation brigade is at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Ga. A reorganization has boosted the division to about 19,000 soldiers, up from 16,000 when it led the charge to Baghdad in April 2003.

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