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Fort Riley Division Readies For Afghanistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, February 27, 2012

The 1st Infantry Division's headquarters is getting ready to leave Fort Riley and Kansas for a year in Afghanistan.

The deployment marks the second overseas duty for the headquarters unit since the division's flag returned to Fort Riley from Germany in 2006. The division staff spent a year in Iraq in 2010.

A ceremony is scheduled for March 7 at Fort Riley for a formal casing of the division's flag, signifying that it is deploying to combat. Staff and soldiers will be leaving Fort Riley in the following weeks.

The headquarters staff recently completed a readiness exercise involving 2,000 people to get ready for the Afghanistan mission.

Fort Riley is home to 18,000 soldiers and is located about 60 miles west of Topeka.


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