Combat aviation unit deactivated at Fort Campbell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Army says a 2,400-soldier combat aviation unit that recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan will be deactivated at Fort Campbell and its members sent elsewhere, as overseas wars wind down and the military continues to reorganize and downsize.

Army spokesman Matthew Bourke said the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is the only deactivation being announced Thursday.

Army spokesman Lt. Col Donald Peters told The Associated Press the decision stemmed from “the need to organize aviation assets to best support operational requirements under significant fiscal constraints.”

The unit’s shutdown will leave the military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line with a total population of 26,500 soldiers by the end of Fiscal Year 2015 next October.