Since 9/11, Fort Hood has been most closely associated with the Iraq war, sending more soldiers there — and suffering more casualties — than any other U.S. military installation. But with the end of combat operations in Iraq, Fort Hood has played an increasingly significant role in Afghanistan. Even as the war’s progress has virtually disappeared from the headlines, about 6,000 Fort Hood soldiers remain in Afghanistan.
The post’s command structure is directing NATO’s day-to-day ground operations in Afghanistan. In advance of the U.S. military’s scheduled 2014 departure from the country, more than half a dozen Fort Hood units are also training Afghan security forces, providing convoy security for the massive drawdown effort and securing the logistically crucial Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.
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