Fort Bragg troops to be deployed to US-Mexico border

February 13, 2019
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg soldiers will be deployed to the southern U.S. border, officials said Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Michael Burns said the deployment is part of an increased military presence at the border.

He said he expects to announce how many troops will be deployed Friday.

In October, WRAL News learned that members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade would be part of a larger deployment to the border.

The deployment of 5,200 troops came a week before nationwide midterm elections. President Donald Trump focused much of his campaign speeches on what he called an “invasion” — a slow-moving caravan of Central American migrants.

The division was to provide surveillance and emergency evacuation to help Border Patrol agents. The unit’s helicopters have the very the latest technology and capabilities.

Last week, New Mexico’s governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the border.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she didn’t want to use reserves to “militarize” the border.

On Sunday, more than 140 soldiers returned to the base after a nine-month deployment to four countries, including Iraq and Syria.

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