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Fort Carson denies former Secretary of the Army's statement on deployments to Afghanistan

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The former Secretary of the Army told soldiers at a Fort Carson job fair that members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team are headed to Kandahar, Afghanistan on deployment soon. 

Patrick Murphy said the brigade deployment would involve thousands of soldiers. However, Fort Carson officials said they have not received any notice of a deployment and could not comment further.

There are currently about 11,000 US troops in Afghanistan with President Trump's administration planning on sending nearly 4,000 more in the coming months. President Trump has publicly stated that officials will not announce where and when future deployments will take place to avoid informing the enemy of military strategy.

Murphy is a former Obama administration official. He's in town as part of the Hiring of Heroes summit with the US Chamber of Commerce to assist military service members as they plan to re-enter civilian life.

He told the crowd, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you to get the job done. But when you come home there is going to be organizations like the US Chamber of Commerce and Toyota that are going to be here to help you transition out whenever that is." 

Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture were on hand to promote getting soldiers back into rural America. 

"They want to take over mom and dads farm or grandpa's farm but also they want to be in open spaces, they want to look at life differently and they believe rural american provides that opportunity to them," said Michael Alston, the military veterans agricultural liason for USDA.

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