Deployment sends brigade units to different places

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- The Army is sending members of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade to different places.

Team Denali -- a CH-47 Chinook helicopter team from Fort Wainwright, is on its way to Afghanistan for an eight-month deployment.

The leadership of the entire brigade is going to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state as part of a reorganization that will split the brigade between Washington and Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the Army held a ceremony Monday to mark the deployments.

The Fairbanks part of the brigade will keep about 1,200 soldiers. The Washington part of the unit will swell to about 2,000 soldiers.

The brigade is the only Combat Aviation Brigade to be split between two posts.

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Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com