Two senior defense officials say some members of the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg will soon deploy to Kuwait.
The officials say Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed orders for the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division to go overseas.
The soldiers are expected to be deployed into Iraq early next year.
he 82nd Airborne unit, which would include as many as 33-hundred soldiers, will replace a Marine unit that had served as the reserve force based in Kuwait but has been deployed into Iraq.
Army officials say they weren't aware a final decision had been made on sending the unit to Kuwait. But the two senior defense officials say Gates signed the order yesterday.