Fort Hood, TX — The war in Afghanistan is nearing its twelfth year. In the upcoming months, the U.S. Army plans to begin its withdraw from the country, but not before taking care of a little more business.
For roughly 560 soldiers from Fort Hood's III Corps, Monday began bright and early much like any other day. But the rest of their day will be very different; They’re heading for Afghanistan to serve a year-long tour led by Lieutenant General Mark Milley.
“The Third Corps, which all these guys are a part of, will be commanding, controlling, planning and synchronizing all of the combat missions in Afghanistan over the course of the next year, explained Malley. Everything they do day-in and day-out is having a significant contribution to the successful outcome. So, their families should be very proud of them."
Monday marks Specialist David A. Carter’s fourth deployment overseas.
“Last time I went to Afghanistan I came back in January of 2007. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous but I am very confident. Deployments don’t get any easier. I think it gets harder every time you leave," said Carter.
The farewell is also tough on Specialist Shatonna Burton, who had to say goodbye to her three-year-old son and the rest of her family.
“I love them, said Burton. I’m going to miss them. I can’t wait to see them again and talk to them. And remember, send me some care packages.”