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Lewis-McChord Unit Deploying To Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP)  The Defense Department is deploying about 700 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan next summer to support combat operations.

The department said Friday the I (First) Corps Headquarters will serve as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters.

The unit returned in March from a similar mission in Iraq in charge of day-to-day operations. It's led by Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti who will answer to Gen. David Patreus.

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper says the headquarters unit will be based in Kabul and work to ensure coordination with Afghan forces. The deployment is expected to last one year.
      
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