Military officials said Tuesday an infantry division from Georgia has been ordered to the Persian Gulf region. It's one of the largest ground forces that has been sent to the region as a part of the military's preparations for war with Iraq.
Army officials said troops from the 3rd Infantry Mechanized Division received "prepare-to-deploy orders" earlier this week. Officials said the division's second brigade made up of several thousand soldiers based at Fort Stewart, Georgia is already in Kuwait on a regular troop rotation.
The division's first and third brigades are from Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia. Its Aviation Brigade is from Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah. A total of 15,000 to 17,000 soldiers from the division will go to the Persian Gulf. Their precise locations are not being given, for security reasons.