The Pentagon announced Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 that five Army National Guard units have been alerted that they are going to serve in the wars in the Middle East. The units include around 8,000 troops going to the Iraq war and 7,000 to Afghanistan. (CBS/AP)
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - About 4,000 Fort Stewart soldiers serving in Iraq are expected to leave a month early, which means they should be coming home in time for the Christmas holidays.
Maj. Jesse Goldman, a spokesman for Fort Stewart's 4th Brigade Combat Team, said Wednesday the brigade is coming home sooner than
expected because replacement units will be arriving in advance of
January elections in Iraq.
The 4th Brigade, part of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, deployed to Iraq a year ago and wasn't expected to return until January. Its soldiers will be the last in the division to return from a third combat tour in Iraq.
Fort Stewart commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo said troops should begin arriving before Dec. 18.
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