About 3,500 troops from 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat team will deploy to South Korea this summer, the Army announced Friday.
“As part of the regular rotation of forces, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team will replace the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (based at Fort Riley, Kan.) and support the United States Forces-Korea’s commitment to our Republic of Korea partners,” according to the Army news release.
The Army did not say what specific month 2nd Brigade — nicknamed the Black Jack Brigade — will leave Fort Hood. The deployment is expected to last nine months.
“The Black Jack Brigade looks forward to returning to the Republic of Korea,” said Col. Steve Adams, commander of the brigade. “Our troopers are trained and ready for this vital mission, and we are honored to sustain and strengthen this longstanding strategic alliance.”
South Korea is familiar territory for 2nd Brigade, which previously deployed to Korea in 2015 as the first full-size brigade to deploy to Korea under the Army’s plan to rotate units to Korean Peninsula, where war with North Korea can break out at a moment’s notice.
Sunday, tensions rose once again when North Korea tested a missile that landed in the sea near Russia.
The North Koreans called it a “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, according to media reports.
First Cavalry’s 2nd Brigade returned from its first deployment to Korea in early 2016 and was replaced by the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which also spent nine months in Korea, returning last fall.