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Fort Hood to deploy soldiers to border before incoming caravan

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 17:24:41-04

III Corps and Fort Hood are deploying soldiers, equipment and resources to assist the Department of Homeland Security along the southwest border.

This comes after President Trump seized on the caravan as a closing political message in the final week before midterms. There is set to be more than 5,000 active-duty military troops to deploy to the southern border, according to the New York Times

According to Fort Hood, Elements from the 1st Calvary Division, 89th Military Police Brigade and the 36th Engineer Brigade will provide a range of support including military police, engineering support and logistics support.

It will move U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, medical teams to triage, treat and prepare for commercial transport of patients.

"Please contact the Office of the Secretary of Defense public affairs at 703-697-5131 or email osd.pa.dutyofficer@mail.mil for further comment on DOD support to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins, Director, III Corps Public Affairs.

The U.S. Northern Command will be in the lead for the duration of the operation and is in support of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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