U.S. Army deploys cavalry unit to South Korea

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday the rotational deployment of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, to South Korea.

The approximately 800 soldiers and the battalion's wheeled and tracked vehicles will deploy to Camps Hovey and Stanley to support U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army. The DoD said the deployment supports the U.S. defense commitment to South Korea as specified by presidential agreements and the mutual defense treaty.

The cavalry unit will provide a combat-ready and trained force that will deploy with their equipment to South Korea. The equipment will remain in South Korea for use by follow-on rotations. After completing a nine-month rotation, the soldiers of the unit will return to Fort Hood.

The DoD said the deployment of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment to South Korea is part of the ongoing efforts to rebalance the Asia-Pacific region. The department said the deployment also allows the U.S. to better respond to operational requirements.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with South Korea's top diplomat on Tuesday to reaffirm that both sides must keep making progress to develop and acquire critical military capabilities to maintain and improve the combined U.S.-South Korean defense posture.

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