Not the Usual Letter to Ed: Troops Told They May Go to Iraq

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The commander of the Army’s Third Infantry Division said troops planning to leave the Army or transfer to other posts may be held back so they can deploy to Iraq instead.

With the division heading into its third tour in Iraq, Major General Rick Lynch said none of his troops will be allowed to retire, transfer, or leave after their enlistment expires without his approval.

In a letter published Thursday in Fort Stewart’s newspaper, The Frontline, Lynch said all available soldiers are needed. He said the Third Infantry will receive new personnel, but there will not be further departures without his approval.

Lieutenant Colonel Randy Martin, a Third Infantry spokesman, said Lynch’s order is expected to affect about 350 soldiers planning to leave Fort Stewart in the coming months.

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