A military postal squad of 42 U.S. Army soldiers is scheduled to depart for Somalia on Monday.
Soldiers from the 129th Adjutant General Postal Company were told they will be flying out of Pope Air Force Base, Bragg officials said Thursday. The length of time the troops will spend overseas had not yet been determined, officials said.``They will be most welcome over there,' said Sgt. Major Cole, a Fort Bragg spokesman. ``Mail call is a very important part of a soldier's day. Everybody lines up to see if they got a package or a letter.' While in Somalia, the soldiers will set up a mail distribution system for the 10th Mountain Division and the Army Forces commanded by Maj. General Steven L. Arnold, the 10th Mountain Division commander.
The 10th Mountain Division, from Fort Drum, N.Y., is part of XVIII corps and, along with the Marines, is providing most of the troops for the relief effort.
Elements of nine support units, about 600 troops, have been told to prepare for possible deployment. They would provide postal, financial, communication, medical and aviation support.\
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