Here Are the Units Deploying to Bolster the Southern Border in Response to the Migrant Caravan


On Wednesday, the Department of Defense identified the active-duty military units that are being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request to the Department of Homeland Security.

The request comes as migrant caravans are making their way to America’s southern border, which the DHS has noted as being bigger and more violent than previous groups who have made the same trek.

“This request for assistance will enhance [Customs and Border Protection] ability to impede or deny illegal crossings and maintain situational awareness as it contributes to [Customs and Border Protection] overall border security mission,” United States Northern Command [NORTHCOM] stated in a press release.

Here are the units and from which bases they are deploying from: 

  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Command, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command
    • 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 16th Military Police Brigade
    • 51st Medical Company, 28th Combat Support Hospital
    • 172nd Preventive Medicine
    • 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
    • 329th Movement Control Team
    • 403rd Inland Cargo Transfer Company
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment, 503rd Military Police Battalion
  • Fort Carson, Colorado
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
  • Peterson Air Force, Colorado
    • Joint Enabling Capability Team and Aviation Planner from U.S. Northern Command
  • Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
    • Joint Public Support Element – Public Affairs
  • Fort Meade, Maryland
    • 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)
  • Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
    • 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division
    • 90th Human Resources Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade
  • Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
    • Defense Logistics Agency Contingency Contracting Team
    • 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Assessment Team
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 505th Military Intelligence Brigade
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
    • 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, I Corps
    • 87th Engineer Sapper Company, 555th Engineer Brigade
  • Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
    • 1st Combat Camera Squadron
  • Fort Bliss, Texas
    • 24th Press Camp Headquarters, 1st Armored Division
  • Fort Hood, Texas
    • 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps
    • Headquarters, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
    • 937th Engineer Sapper Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
    • 104th Engineer Construction, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
    • 289th Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade
  • Fort Knox, Kentucky
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment, 19th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade
    • 15th Engineer Company (Horizontal), 19th Engineer Battalion
    • 541st Engineer Sapper Company, 19th Engineer Battalion
  • Fort Campbell, Kentucky
    • 887th Engineer Support Company, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade
    • 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade
    • 74th Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade
  • Fort Riley, Kansas
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion, 1st Infantry Division
    • 977th Military Police Company Combat Support
    • 287th Military Police Company Combat Support
    • 41st Engineer Company (Clearance), 4th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade A

As the DoD and DHS have made clear, these units are in a supporting role, with one of the goals being minimal contact with the migrants.

“The number of troops deployed will change each day as military forces flow into the operating area, but the initial estimate is that the DOD will have more than 7,000 troops supporting DHS across California, Arizona, and Texas,” NORTHCOM added.

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