The 101st Airborne Division played a major role in Afghanistan during 2012 with the unveiling of Security Force Assistance Teams. Fort Campbell tenant units, including 5th Special Forces Group and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, went on continuous missions throughout the year.
Deployments started early, with 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, heading out in mid-January for Afghanistan. The battalion mentored the Afghan Regional Police Command in Kabul during the year-long deployment.
Security Force Assistance Teams from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” left in April from Fort Campbell to head to Afghanistan. The deployment signaled the start of a new direction for American forces serving in the Middle Eastern nation.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” arrived in country in early October. They assumed responsibility from 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, in eastern Afghanistan. It marked the start of the Rakkasans’ sixth deployment since the War on Terrorism began.
In September, the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade transferred authority to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. 101st CAB deployed to provide full-spectrum aviation support to Regional Command-East.
Approximately 1,900 Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” began to deploy to Afghanistan in October as both battle space integrators and functional advisory and assistance teams for the Afghan National Security Forces. The brigade uncased the unit colors, Dec. 5, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony in Afghanistan.
In late 2012, the Department of Defense announced deployments slated for the new year. Both the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters and 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” are set to head to Afghanistan in late winter.