Army activates new Special Forces battalion at Fort Campbell - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Army activates new Special Forces battalion at Fort Campbell

The Army is activating a new Special Forces battalion at Fort Campbell, which is the first such Special Forces expansion in nearly two decades.

Top military officials have said the demand for the nation's elite soldiers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue to increase even as the overall American force shrinks.

The addition to the 5th Special Forces Group is the first of five new planned battalions for the Army Special Forces over the next several years.

The 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell is frequently deployed, with rotations about every six months. The group's commander, Col. Christopher Conner, says the new battalions will relieve some of the stress on soldiers and their families by allowing them to stay at home longer between deployments.

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