UPDATED: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 12:15pm
Fort Hood, TX — It’s been six months since we saw Army’s III Corps leave Fort Hood for Afghanistan.
Wednesday, Lieutenant General Mark Milley gave us an update on how he and his soldiers are doing.
In early April, Army’s III Corps cased their colors. Two weeks later, roughly 560 Fort Hood soldiers left for Afghanistan.
The soldiers joined more than 5,000 others from Fort Hood to help control, plan and synchronize all combat missions in the area.
Commanding General Milley is now in his third deployment to Afghanistan.
He explained that since his first tour a decade ago, the people of Afghanistan now have schools, thousands of miles of paved road, broadcast television and now even the internet is becoming standard.
“That makes a big difference," said Milley. "That is something the enemy, and the enemies of Afghanistan, with their radical agenda, do not want the people of Afghanistan to experience. They do not want knowledge. They do not want exposure to the outside world.”
And as American forces continue to train Afghan security, he said the hard work by America and the international community is paying off.
“The people of Afghanistan today absolutely reject the radical agenda of the Taliban. We know that from a variety of classified and unclassified reporting that clearly indicates that you are looking at somewhere between ten and twenty percent popularity depending on the district or province you are operating in. That’s very low, extremely low.”
Milley is not at liberty to say when he and his battalion will return home, but he says when he does, he’s eating a Texas-sized steak.