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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Soldiers from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, prepare to search a house in the Abu Ghraib neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, during a cordon and search operation on March 17, 2004.  
1st Cavalry Division

Soldiers: 17,000

Home fort: Fort Hood, Texas

Deployed to: An official III Corps statement released on March 3, 2003, said the soldiers are being deployed to "support the global war on terrorism" but those orders were later canceled. The division is now deploying to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II to relieve the 1st Armored Division and 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Baghdad.

Units: The 1st Cavalry Division includes seven brigade-sized units plus an air defense artillery battalion, signal battalion, military intelligence battalion, chemical company and military police company.

Duties: The 1st Cavalry Division is a heavy-armor division that employs M1A2 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, artillery and AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopters. The division is the Army's largest and its only armored contingency force. It also served in the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

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