FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) _ About 1,500 of the Army's elite Green Beret troops will be transferred here from Fort Bragg, N.C., over the next two years, a base spokesman said Thursday.

A ceremony was set for Friday for Maj. Gen. Burton D. Patrick to officially welcome the 250 soldiers who already have arrived at Fort Campbell, headquarters for the Army's 101st Airborne Division, said Capt. James Pullen, spokesman for the base.

The transfer of the 5th Special Forces Group was ordered to relieve a housing and barrack shortage at Fort Bragg, Pullen said.

The 250 troops with the 1st Battalion arrived in mid-August, Pullen said. Officials were unsure when the second round of Green Berets will transfer.

Fort Campbell, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border, had 22,421 troops prior to the 1st Battalion's arrival, Pullen said.