25 Ft. Riley Units Impacted by Tour Extension

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ More than two dozen units based at Fort Riley are likely to be impacted by the Army's decision to extend tours from 12 to 15 months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Fort Riley news release says 17 units from the northeast Kansas post now deployed will be affected. Eight units on orders to deploy later this year are also expected to be a part of the extension.

It is not known yet if the change affects the Transition Teams at Fort Riley.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the new policy seeks to ensure that all active-duty Army units get at least 12 months at home between deployments. Soldiers will get an extra one thousand dollars per month for the three additional months.