Will Presidential Plan Affect Ft. Carson Soldiers?

The president's announcement is expected just as more Fort Carson soldiers prepare to leave. Soldiers with the 43rd Area Support Group, as scheduled, will case their colors Wednesday prior to deploying to Iraq.

The predicted number is a surge of 20 thousand more American soldiers to assist forces already in Iraq, but will that number include Fort Carson?

"You can't really speculate what that's going to be until you hear the numbers and see what the Army's decisions are."

Retired air force officer Brian Binn, now the chamber of commerce president of military affairs points out until the plan is laid out, there are only guesses.

"It's really going to be a decision of the combatant commander in theater in conjunction with the forces back here in the states that are available," Binn said.

Availability could have some impact on the final decision of who will make up the surge. Thousands of Fort Carson soldiers are already in Iraq. The second brigade combat team left late in 2006 for a year.

Support teams are about to leave for their next assignment and the third heavy brigade combat team returned at the end of November to re-fit and re-charge, a process that usually takes at least a year.

"It's very difficult to cycle them much more quickly than they're looking at cycling them now," said Binn.

But what it will ultimately mean for local soldiers, if anything, is a matter still very much under consideration.

Ft. Carson spokespeople cannot comment about remarks that are expected to come from the president tomorrow...but will be watching with the rest of us.

In the meantime, sources from Washington D.C. are reporting the first soldiers to go into Iraq are currently stationed in Kuwait. That deployment will likely take place by the end of the month.


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