Fort Bliss reacts to troop withdrawal plan
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — An Obama senior administration official said Tuesday that all U.S. troops should be out of Afghanistan by the end of next year, but what does that mean for soldiers at Fort Bliss? Both the 1st Brigade and the Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bliss are already deployed, and the Bulldog Brigade is set to leave for Afghanistan at the end of the year.
The White House is looking at speeding up the troop withdrawal to the "zero option." That means leaving no troops in Afghanistan. Until now, U.S. and Afghan officials had been discussing plans to keep a small force behind to fight insurgents and to train afghan security personnel.
"If the decision is made, future rotations will be affected. I don't think in the immediacy, i don't think there'd be any impact on Fort Bliss in the immediacy," said Major Joe Buccino, a Fort Bliss spokesperson.
Buccino says both brigades in Afghanistan will likely re-deploy, and training for the Third Brigade, or Bulldog Brigade, will begin next week.