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LTC Nelson Speaks About The Deployment of Troops to Iraq

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The surge in troops being deployed to Afghanistan seems to have taken center stage in the media and the public in general. However, for one Special Troops battalion based in Colorado, the battlegrounds in Iraq are still on the forefront of their minds. The 4th Brigade Combat team of the 4th Infantry Division is set to deploy its troops to Iraq again and bring with them a few thousand troops to safeguard Iraqi provinces.

Lieutenant Colonel Jody Nelson commands the 4th Special Troops Battalion and is deploying for her third time in the war on terror with an entire battalion of soldiers under her guidance. The Special Troops Battalion is set to be deployed to Iraq for an entire year, supporting an Infantry Brigade in combat. LTC Nelson speaks about the preparations that she and her entire battalion have made in their months leading up to deployment in Iraq.

Joining LTC Nelson is a young soldier who is about to deploy on his first trip oversees. Private First Class Steve Errante speaks about his combat training leading up to his first deployment. PFC Errante is an infantryman assigned to the personal security detail, which is the body guards that protect and safeguard the Battalion commander, LTC Nelson. LTC Nelson and PFC Errante speak about the difficulties they have both faced leading up to their deployment from two very different levels of experience. Listen as both speak about the difficult road that they are soon set to travel down in Afghanistan.

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