III Corps deploys it's entire staff tonight to get ready for missions in Afghanistan.
400 are headed to Grafenwoehr, Germany, for combined force training.
Some left yesterday and the rest leave tonight.
It's all to prepare for III Corps's upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in the spring.
When they get there, they'll make up one third of the International Security Assistance Force's joint staff.
It's a huge role in closing out the war, so over the next two weeks, they'll train with European NATO partners as well as the unit they'll be replacing.
"It's indeed a validation exercise to ensure that we're proficient at what we need to do and the mission we need to execute in Afghanistan. We're going to hone our staff's skills, not only individually, but collectively as a staff, and working with our NATO partners as well," said III Corps G3 COL Gary Brito.
The corps's mission in Afghanistan will include training, base closures, and anything else that's needed over the next two years or so.
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