The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that the XVIII Airborne Corps will deploy in late January 2014, as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan, replacing III Corps from Fort Hood, Texas.

“We have an important mission at a very important time in both our national military commitment to Afghanistan and in the history of Afghanistan,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commander of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. “The XVIII Airborne Corps ‘Dragons’ will assume a role in the International Security Assistance Forces’ Joint Command that allows us to continue helping the Afghans improve their long-term prospects for stability,” said Anderson, who will take command of IJC, among other responsibilities in theater.

The corps will deploy about 500 paratroopers to serve within the IJC headquarters and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

The XVIII Airborne Corps returned from a deployment to Iraq in December 2011, where they were responsible for closing bases in Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn.

Additional headquarters identified from Fort Bragg to serve in Afghanistan include the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, with about 100 Soldiers deploying to assume responsibility for manning the Central Command’s Materiel Recovery Element headquarters.