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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 10:42 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

1,000 Schofield soldiers get 45-day Iraq duty extension

Advertiser Staff

The Department of Defense today announced that about 1,000 Hawai'i-based soldiers will have their yearlong Iraq deployment extended by 45 days.

The extension applies to the 25th Infantry Division's headquarters unit and the 25th Special Troops Battalion, which includes the 25th Infanty Division Band.

All of the soldiers tapped for the extension were deployed to Iraq in July and August, 2006.

Although the Department of Defense may, at a later date, decide to extend or accelerate deployments for additional units, the only Hawai'i-based units affected by today's announcement are: "Headquarters, 25th Division and the 25th Special Troops Battalion," according to a news release issued this morning.

A total of about 7,000 Schofield Barracks soldiers left Hawai'i in July and August for a yearlong deployment to northern Iraq.