Adviser Mission to Leave Fort Riley

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Army has announced plans to shift a
mission at Fort Riley that trains advisers sent to Iraq and

The mission is being reassigned to Fort Polk, La., home of the
Joint Readiness Training Center, where units go to prepare for
combat operations. The Army will add 825 people to Fort Polk to
train the advisers, who assist the Iraqi and Afghanistan forces.

Fort Riley has been training advisers since October 2006,
preparing more than 10,000 soldiers, airmen and sailors for the
yearlong mission. The training has been conducted by 825 soldiers
of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division.

Fort Riley's last class of advisers will complete its training
in September 2009. The brigade will return to full strength of
about 3,500 soldiers.

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