The 18th Airborne Corps takes over the day-to-day operation of coalition forces in Iraq early next year, Fort Bragg officials said Friday.
Between 7,500 and 8,000 soldiers from Fort Bragg will deploy.
The 18th Airborne Corps is replacing the 3rd Corps from Fort Hood, Texas, and will assume command of the Multinational Corps-Iraq
About 300 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division are also deploying to Iraq at the end of the year. The 1st Squadron of the 17th Cavalry will be in Iraq for a year to support the 42nd Infantry Division, which will be responsible for northeastern Iraq. The unit will deploy with its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior observation helicopters and its maintenance and command staffs.