The 3,200 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division whose one-year deployment in Afghanistan has been extended by four months were so close to the end of their tour that their uniforms, gear and equipment had been packed into shipping containers and an advance party had already reached Fort Drum, their home in upstate New York.That would suck: thinking you were almost home and then getting the rug pulled out from under.
The extension, mentioned in President Bush’s speech on Thursday, was originally announced on Jan. 25.
About 50 soldiers from the advance party came home in late January, said Benjamin Abel, a Fort Drum spokesman. A second group of about 150 were intercepted in Kuwait before they could reach the States, he added.
All have since been sent back to Afghanistan as part of a buildup in anticipation of a renewed Taliban offensive in the spring.
Read the whole article to hear how stretched the American military is; it's a story of robbing Peter to pay Paul.