Soldiers to deploy to Germany and Florida

by Maj. A. A. Puryear
Deputy Public Affairs Officer

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry assaulted through a window during MOUT training during a previous deployment to Florida. (File photo by Maj. A. A. Puryear)
Soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division headquartered in Staunton, Va., will be deploying to Germany and Florida during their annual training rotations this summer.

According to Maj. S. B. “Colt” Puryear, operations officer for 1st Brigade, soldiers from Co. B, 429th Forward Support Battalion will deploy to Graffenwoehr, Germany from Jun. 2 to 23, 2001. Their mission will be to provide direct support wheeled maintenance to units training at the German training area.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Winchester, Va., will be deploying to Camp Blanding, Florida, from Jun. 2 to 16 ,2001, to serve as the opposing force (OPFOR) for Florida’s 54rd Separate Infantry Brigade.

Puryear said that the deployment to Camp Blanding provides soldier the opportunity to train in a realistic and challenging MOUT and jungle environment.

Puryear said that the brigade provides the opposing force every year, sending a different battalion each rotation. He also said that they plan to take an aggressive approach to being OPFOR, not passive.

“We are not going there to be pop-up targets. We will provide them with an aggressive, well-trained opposing force,” Puryear said.

Click HERE to return to the top of the page ~ Click HERE to return to the news directory