Ft Hood to participate in border operation


A Fort Hood spokesman says the Central Texas facility will be participating in the announced deployment of troops to tighten up the southern border with Mexico in anticipation of the arrival of the latest “caravan.”

“Fort Hood soldiers will bring capabilities at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, our soldiers will provide engineering support, military police, and logistics in support of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, Director of Public Affairs III Corps.

Tuesday afternoon a statement said that as directed by the Department of Defense, III Corps and Fort Hoof will be deploying soldiers, equipment and resources to assist along the southwestern border.

Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division, 89th Military Police Brigade, and 36th Engineer Brigade will provide what was described as a range of support including military police, engineering support in the form of temporary barriers, barricades and fencing, logistics support to move Customs and Border Protection personnel, medical teams to triage, treat and prepare for commercial transport of patients, and field feeding capability.

“Our Soldiers stand ready to support ongoing efforts in support of Operation Faithful Patriot as directed by the President of the United States. This multi-agency effort, which includes III Corps and Fort Hood Soldiers, has varying capabilities and capacity to support OFP. Whether it be contributing to national defense or humanitarian relief, our Soldiers volunteered to serve and have consistently been called upon to answer our Nation’s call,” said Col. Caggins.

The Defense Department announced Monday that more than 5,000 active-duty personnel will be deployed to aid the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection  ” to harden the southern border”, in the words of Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command.

“Border Security is national security,” he said at the press conference.

The active-duty troops will be participating in Operation Faithful Patriot.

He said 800 soldiers were on their way to Texas from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox.

“With very little notice, Ft. Hood soldiers responded, we’ve already sent soldiers to staging bases around San Antonio, and they’ll further go throughout the border regions,” added Col. Caggins III.

The active duty soldiers will join 2,092 National Guardsmen participating in Operation Guardian Support. The deployment “fully adheres to our current authorities and governed by law and policy,” the general said. The troops that deploy with weapons will carry them, the general said.

The military is also providing three medium lift helicopter companies and military police units.

There are already three C-130 Hercules and one C-17 Globemaster III aircraft standing by to provide strategic airlift for Customs and Border Patrol.


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