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The Department of the Army announced July 6th, 2020 the upcoming 2021 rotation to Iraq of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson builds and maintains combat ready expeditionary forces necessary to fight and win in complex environments as members of a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) team or as a Mission Command Element (MCE); provides first class support to Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians, and Families; and enable unified action with community, state, and interagency partners to accomplish all assigned missions.

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The 1st SBCT will replace the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana Army National Guard, as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Operation Inherent Resolve. It has not been confirmed but this 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team could include Spc. Maura Spence, a Katy, Texas native and an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. She won the Miss Colorado beauty pageant and was set to compete in Miss America.

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Image: Spc. Maura Spence, a Katy, Texas native and an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, displays her crown and sash after winning first place in the Miss Colorado 2021 pageant, June 8, 2021. Two reasons for Spence’s drive to compete in Miss Colorado and Miss America are to spread awareness for mental health and to keep the memory and dreams of her departed sister alive. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marsilia) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marsilia)

Additionally, The 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Carson, Colorado, will deploy approximately 1,800 personnel this summer to Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers & Families Are Prepared & Ready To Go For Operation Inherent Resolve

“Our Soldiers and leaders have been training hard preparing to answer our nation’s call,” said Col. Ike L. Sallee, commander of the 1st SBCT. “We are ready for this mission and we are fortunate to have the very best Soldiers, leaders and family members.”

If your family is impacted by this deployment, be sure to connect with your FRG group. An OFFICIAL command-sponsored organization of family members, volunteers and Soldiers belonging to a unit who together provide an avenue of SUPPORT and ASSISTANCE. SFRGs act as a CONDUIT of INFORMATION and a COMMUNICATION LINE between the unit and the families.

Here’s why families and spouses should I connect with their family readiness group (SFRG):

  • Strong families make strong Soldiers! SFRGs can empower families with accurate unit and community information.
  • Find out when your Soldier will be home and when your Soldier will be out in the field.
  • Be in the know about long weekends, vacation time and deployments.
  • Discover family benefits, discounts and opportunities that may be available to you and your children.
  • Information is Power. Your SFRG wants to help empower YOU!
  • Reach your 1SBCT Soldier and Family Readiness Group Liaison at 719-503-2007
  • Additional resources at Fort Carson can be found here.

For more information, contact the 4th Infantry Division public affairs officer, Lt. Col. Ireka Sanders, at ireka.r.sanders.mil@mail.mil or 719-503-0071.

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