FORT LEWIS, WA — “America’s Corps” will make history this Spring when it deploys to Iraq for its first combat deployment in more than half a century. The Department of Defense today announced the deployment of Headquarters, I Corps, to Iraq in 2009. I Corps will replace XVIII Airborne Corps and assume duties as the Multi-National Corps – Iraq.
DoD also announced today the deployment of Fort Lewis’ 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, to Iraq, along with several other brigade combat teams and a division headquarters. The deployment window for these units will begin in the winter and continue into Summer 2009. This will mark 3rd Stryker Brigade’s third tour in Iraq and 5th Stryker Brigade’s first deployment. The DoD release is here.
This deployment will mark the first time since the Korean War that the I Corps Headquarters has deployed in support of combat operations. Since its formation in 1918, I Corps has participated in more campaigns than any other corps in the U.S. Army’s history and is the only corps ever to be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
“We are prepared to deploy as an expeditionary warfighting headquarters to Iraq. I am very proud of the professionalism of this Corps’ headquarters.” said Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, Jr., commanding general, I Corps. “The Soldiers and staff of this unit are well prepared to face this challenging mission in Iraq and begin a new chapter in our Corps’ history. ”
“Over the last four years, this Corps has provided exceptional training for brigades and Soldiers going to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as ensuring families are supported and returning Soldiers are cared for,” said Jacoby. “Now we turn our attention to this new mission, where we will build on the successes of those who came before us. All of us in I Corps are mindful of the tough work ahead but also the great opportunities for our country and Iraq. It is a privilege for the Corps to be able to accept this mission.”