U.S. Army's Cavalry Unit Deploys To South Korea

On Tuesday, the US Defense Department announced the rotational deployment of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas to Camps Hovey and Stanley, in South Korea.

This combined arms battalion, comprised of approximately 800 soldiers and its own wheeled and tracked vehicles, will deploy to conduct operations in support of U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army, American Forces Press Service reported. This action supports the United States' defense commitment to the Republic of Korea as specified by the mutual defense treaty and presidential agreements, the Pentagon said in a statement announcing the deployment.

The battalion will provide a trained and combat-ready force that will deploy with their equipment to South Korea. The equipment will remain in the country for use by follow-on rotations, the statement added. The soldiers of the battalion will return to Fort Hood upon completion of their 9-month rotation.

The deployment of the Cavalry Regiment to Korea is part of the United States' enduring re-balancing efforts within the Asia-Pacific region, and allows for greater responsiveness to better meet theater operational requirements, the Pentagon added.

The announcement comes a day after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se at the Defense Department.

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