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Staff Sgt. Jason Jamora, Pfc. Kyler West and Spc. Adam Franks, from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, await the signal to dash across the street to a compound in Baghdad suspected of harboring insurgents in January 2005.  
82nd Airborne Division

Soldiers: 1,500

Home fort: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Deployed to: Iraq

Units: The 2nd and 3rd battalions of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, the 82nd's Division Ready Brigade, began deploying to Iraq on December 3, 2004. The roughly 1,500 paratroopers will be in Iraq for roughly four months to support security efforts during the election period.

Duties: The 3rd Battalion is attached to 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Baghdad. The 2nd Battalion is attached to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team in northern Iraq.

The division's traditional role is speedy insertion -- either by parachute or by helicopter -- of soldiers on or near a battlefield. During major combat in Iraq, the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment protected supply lines, eliminated resistance bypassed by the main attacking units and launched a successful April 3 assault on Iraqi paramilitary forces attempting to organize north of the southern city of Samawa.

Previous deployments to Iraq

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