FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing for the Departments of the Army and Air Force on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just months after the Army’s new training brigade returned from Afghanistan, its teams are preparing for a completely different type of deployment that will scatter them around the world. The Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade was created by Milley and was designed to take the pressure off other Army brigades and units that are currently being used for training but are needed more for other U.S. security operations around the globe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Army training brigade prepares for new worldwide deployments

May 08, 2019 - 8:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just months after the Army's new training brigade returned from Afghanistan, its teams are preparing for a different type of deployment that will scatter them around the world.

Rather than putting all 800 soldiers in one war-torn nation, the Army is expected to begin dispatching the unit's small teams separately to various countries and regions where they will train and advise local forces.

The brigade's commander is Army Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson, who tells The Associated Press that while the Afghanistan tour focused heavily on combat operations its future efforts will center on helping partner forces train better and learn to avoid conflicts.

Jackson says it's likely that each 12-person team will go to a different location. The top contenders are nations in Africa, Europe and South America.

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