New general included in Fort Riley deployments to Iraq, Korea

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Fort Riley soldiers bearing flags march onto the field for the Fort Riley Day festivities prior to K-State's matchup against No. 6 Baylor Nov. 5, 2015, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (File photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The U.S. Army will deploy soldiers from Fort Riley to two overseas countries.

Wednesday, the Army announced about 3,500 soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team and the 1st Infantry Division, which is based out of Fort Riley, will deploy to the Republic of Korea as part of the regular rotation, according to Military.com.

On Oct. 14, the Army announced about 500 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in Fort Riley will deploy to Iraq to replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. The soldiers will train, advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces, according to Military.com.

In late July, the Army announced that another 800 soldiers from Fort Riley were going to be deployed to Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin completed the change of command ceremony to become the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, according to KSNT. He will be included in the deployment to Iraq.

Martin’s command comes after the Army fired Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby last month. An investigation regarding his dismissal is ongoing.

On Oct. 12, Fort Riley held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Irwin Army Community Hospital, according to KSNT.

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Jason Tidd
Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.