Border update

Staff Sgt. Timothy Speights, a platoon sergeant from the 41st Route Clearance, 4th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, addresses his soldiers before de-escaltion of force scenario training during Operation Faithful Patriot Oct. 31, 2018, on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Soldiers are deploying in support of Operation Faithful Patriot in order to assist the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol officers along the south-western border of the U.S. and Mexico.

Despite multiple news outlets reporting Monday that all U.S. military troops — including hundreds from Fort Hood — sent to the border by President Donald Trump will be home by Christmas, official reports from the military say otherwise.

U.S. Army North — which is in command of the ground forces of troops on the border — released the following after a request from the Herald:

“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.”

The reports stemmed from an interview with Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan by Politico on Monday, 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,” said Buchanan in the Politico interview.

A Los Angeles Times story on Tuesday, quoting anonymous sources, stated defense officials said the troops could actually begin going home as early as this week. The LA Times story said Trump administration officials were delaying the departure because they were worried about curtailing the mission too quickly in case Border Patrol agents needed continued assistance.

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.

Fort Hood currently has troops from the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 89th Military Police Brigade and the 36th Engineer Brigade deployed to Donna, along the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.

According to Fort Hood officials, the post currently has approximately 700 soldiers deployed to the border. | 254-501-7554

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I served for 8+ years and was deployed for Desert Storm, I know how tough it is for families to not know when their loved ones will return home. What I don't understand though is why all media is reporting only the negatives though. Mainly, deploying xxx troops will cost xxx million dollars. Sure it's true, but how about the untold billions of dollars it will save preventing thousands of unknown illegal immigrants into our country. They will receive so much more than all our legal seniors and homeless veterans receive from our government. Not to mention that over 90 % of the invading caravans are young males, not women and children. It's well worth the cost to keep criminals and terrorists from illegally entering the United States. Feed our homeless and elderly instead of illegal democrats. .

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