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James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense, and Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, answers questions from Soldiers Nov. 14 at Base Camp Donna, Texas. The secretaries toured the facilities, received mission briefs from senior military leaders and spoke with troops on the ground who are supporting the military border support mission. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the southern border of the United States.

Although multiple news outlets reported Monday that all U.S. military troops sent to the border by President Donald Trump will be home by Christmas, military officials say otherwise.

U.S. Army North responded to a request for more information on the redeployment of Fort Hood troops with the following:

“We are continually assessing our resources and refining requirements in close coordination with (Department of Homeland Security). We may shift some forces to other areas of the border to engineering support missions in California and other areas. No specific timeline for redeployment has been determined. We will provide more details as they become available.”

According to Fort Hood officials, approximately 700 troops from post are currently deployed for the border mission. Fort Hood currently has troops from the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 89th Military Police Brigade and the 36th Engineer Brigade deployed to Donna, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Monday news reports stemmed from an interview with Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan by Politico, where the commander of U.S. Army North said all 5,800 troops at the border would be home by Christmas.

“Our end date right now is 15 December, and I’ve got no indications from anybody that we’ll go beyond that,” Buchanan said in the Politico interview.

U.S. Army North is the land forces of U.S. Northern Command and is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

dbryant@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7554

dbryant@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7554

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