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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Army soldiers listen to President George W. Bush speak during the president's visit to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, on January 3, 2003.  
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."

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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