12,500 Infantry Get Deployment Orders

Monday, January 20, 2003

FORT HOOD, Texas - More than 12,000 soldiers at Fort Hood received their deployment orders Monday and will ship out soon to Southwest Asia, where they will contibute to a 37,000-strong force preparing for a possible war with Iraq, officials said Monday.

Officials would not disclose when Fort Hood's 4th Infantry Division will deploy its 12,500 troops to U.S. Central Command in Southwest Asia.

The infantry's 3rd Brigade at Fort Carson in Colorado will add to the deployment of about 4,000 troops and Task Force Ironhorse will
contribute about 20,000 personnel from 10 other military installations, Army spokesman Cecil Green said.

The 4th Infantry is the Army's first digital division. Its capabilities include sensory equipment and computerized technology that can locate
enemies on the battlefield. The order announced Monday will be the first major units of the infantry deployed for President George W. Bush's war
against terrorism, Green said.

General activity at the nation's largest military post was generally subdued Monday despite the announcement, Green said. He attributed the
quiet to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Also, more than 300 soldiers from Fort Bliss near El Paso are next in line to follow advanced Patriot missiles overseas from the West Texas
Army post.

Its 108th and 35th Air Defense brigades were scheduled to deploy next in support of about 100 pieces of PAC-3 equipment that were loaded on rail cars Jan. 2 and routed to the Persian Gulf.

More than 300 Fort Bliss soldiers will join about 1,100 Fort Bliss soldiers who are already part of the continued military buildup overseas
to pressure Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to comply with United Nations resolutions.

A commander in the 108th Brigade said he is confident of the mission because of his soldiers and their new-generation missile defense system,
the Patriot Advanced Capability 3, or PAC-3.

"It is a tremendous upgrade from PAC-2," 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Commander Lt. Col. Rod Burke told the El Paso Times in
Monday's editions. "Just the sheer power of PAC-3 outperforms the PAC-2."

Developed by Lockheed Martin Missile & Fire Control, the PAC-3 is described as a key weapon to help the United States succeed in what
could be an imminent war with Iraq.

"The PAC-3 missile is an entirely new missile," Lt. Col. Robert Jassey, system manager for Fort Bliss' Training and Doctrine Command, said. "One of the biggest differences is the 'hit-to-kill' technology. This missile hits the target directly, and you have to have that in order to
obliterate the missile, especially if you want to nullify the effect of a weapon of mass destruction."

The PAC-3's development resulted from the United States' previous conflict in Iraq, the Persian Gulf war, and the Scud missiles used in

The new missile, Jassey said, is expected to carry Fort Bliss into the "lighter and more lethal" Army, known as the Objective Force.

The Patriot's weight was reduced for a lighter fighting force. The PAC-3 is 741 pounds, compared with the PAC-2's 2,000 pounds.

"And one of the neatest things about the PAC-3 is we've quadrupled the firepower," said Jassey. "We can put 16 PAC-3 missiles in a launcher,
compared to only four in the PAC-2's same-sized launcher."

Craig Vanbebber, spokesman for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, the main contractor for PAC-3 missile, said he was also pleased with the missile's test results.


37,000 More Troops Heading to Gulf

Monday, January 20, 2003


FORT HOOD, Texas — The U.S. is sending 37,000 more troops to the Persian Gulf region as it continues to position itself for a possible war with Iraq, officials said Monday.

The Texas-based 4th Infantry Division, considered the Army's most lethal, modern and deployable heavy division, will spearhead the specially tailored ground force.

Nicknamed the Ivy Division, the 4th Infantry Division has the most sophisticated information-gathering and command and control equipment. It has M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, Apache attack helicopters and other highly mobile fighting forces.

The force is the largest identified so far among an estimated 125,000 U.S. troops that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has ordered to deploy.

One of the first ground units to get orders was the 3rd Infantry Division's two brigades in Georgia, which began deployment in early January.

At Fort Hood, Texas, spokesman Cecil Green said 12,500 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, plus nearly 4,000 from the division's 3rd Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo., received orders to ship out to the Central Command area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf region.

The 4th Infantry Division will be the headquarters element of a Task Force Ironhorse, which also will have more than 20,000 soldiers from 10 other Army installations, for a total force of about 37,000 soldiers, Green said. He said he could not discuss other details, including the other units involved.

The only country in the Gulf where large numbers of American ground troops are assembling is Kuwait, which has at least 12,000 U.S. troops engaged in training for desert warfare. Turkey, to Iraq's north, has been considering a U.S. request that it be permitted to base tens of thousands of ground forces there.

U.S. officials said Monday that some or all of the 37,000 soldiers in Task Force Ironhorse might be deployed to Turkey if arrangements are worked out to overcome the Turkish government's reluctance to host a large U.S. force.

In Turkey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, met with Turkish military leaders to discuss Iraq.

"Turkey has been a very cooperative partner," Myers told reporters in Ankara, the Turkish capital. "I would expect them to be in the future as well."

U.S. military officials in recent days have visited several Turkish bases to assess their suitability for U.S. troops.

Separately, Rumsfeld dismissed suggestions that U.N. weapons inspectors would need months of additional time to determine whether Iraq is meeting its obligation to disarm.

"The U.N. resolution put the burden directly on Iraq to prove that it is disarming and that it does not have these weapons or, if it does, it is willing to give them up, " Rumsfeld said in a speech to a Reserve Officers Association conference. "Thus far, Iraq has been unwilling to do so."

While emphasizing that President Bush prefers a peaceful solution in Iraq, Rumsfeld said the way to avoid war is to be persuaded by Iraq that it has finally decided to cooperate with the U.N. weapons inspectors.

"It will not take months to determine whether or not they are cooperating," he said.

Last Friday the U.N.'s top nuclear inspector, Mohamed ElBaradei, said "a few more months" of inspections would be worthwhile if it meant avoiding war.

Rumsfeld also dismissed the idea that the United States might be forced to act alone against Iraq if the U.N. Security Council does not authorize an offensive.

"Let there be no doubt, there are large numbers of countries that are signed up to be helpful in the event that force is needed in dealing with Iraq," he said. "This business about going it alone or unilateral is nonsense. There are a substantial number of countries that are ready to help. There are also a number of countries that are ready to help after it's over in terms of a coalition to assist with the humanitarian aspects of the country."

In a related development, Central Command reported that American aircraft on Sunday dropped 360,000 leaflets over six cities in southeastern Iraq. The leaflets referred Iraqis to radio frequencies where U.S. forces, including EC-130 Commando Solo aircraft, are broadcasting to influence Iraqi opinion on U.N. weapons inspections and the Saddam Hussein regime.

It was the fifth leaflet drop over southern Iraq since the start of the year.

CUTTING EDGE NOTE: Note that the URL is the same! Yet, a totally different article appeared several hours after the original. Notice that the original article stated that the Army's 4th Infantry Division was being deployed to "Southwest Asia" to join our 37,000 troops already there. Since South Korea has exactly 37,000 troops, and is located in "Southwest Asia", the country referred to seems to be South Korea.

But, the replacement article has 37,000 men going to the Middle East! Further, Korea is in Northeast Asia, not Southwest Asia.

Was this original article simply a mistake that was corrected by Army censors?

Today, we seem to be deploying significant forces to the Middle East and Korea. Additionally, I received a phone call last night from a long term subscriber; he reported that the son of a friend had just told him that the U.S. was sending forces to "Northern Africa"! The only logical target in this area is Libya, who has a nuclear research and production facility manned by North Korean and Iraqi scientists!

We thus seem to be deploying our forces in order to strike multiple targets at once, just as we reported in NEWS1761.

David Bay, Director

Cutting Edge Ministries