WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed February 20, 2013
A More "Adaptive, Agile" 101st Airborne Heads Back to Afghanistan
The 101st Airborne Division from Ft. Campbell is headed back to Afghanistan for the third time in five years, but the Division's commanding general says things should be different this time. Major General James McConville says his forces have to be more adaptive and agile as they set the stage for the 2014 withdrawal of U.S. combat forces.
About 600 of McConville's top staff are leaving now to command NATO troops east of the capital of Kabul, where thousands of Ft. Campbell troops are currently serving. But unlike the Division's two previous tours, McConville says this isn't a return to the same deadly fights with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
McConville says the Afghan military is leading combat operations now and the Division's role is to smooth the transition for Afghan security forces.