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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- For the third time in five years, the 101st Airborne Division is headed back to Afghanistan. But this tour will not send the roughly 600 troops into the same deadly fights with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
Instead, they will be helping to set the stage for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces in 2014.
This will be the third time in five years the 101st will go to Afghanistan. Its commanding general, Maj. Gen. James McConville, says his forces have to be more "adaptive and agile" given the upcoming withdrawal.
McConville says the Afghan military is leading combat operations now, and the role of the 101st is to smooth the transition for Afghan security forces. He says this does not involve a return to fighting with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.