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Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2009 12:38 pm | Updated: 12:40 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SIERRA VISTA — The top general of the U.S. Army said during a visit to Fort Huachuca that supporting President Barack Obama's decision to put more soldiers in Afghanistan can be done without reverting to 15-month deployments.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr. credited the Army's growth in the past 30 months with helping ensure soldiers called to deploy will only go for a year and that they will have a year at home between deployments.

Casey added the continuing drawdown of soldiers in Iraq is helping the Afghan effort.

The general said the Obama order is designed to control the Taliban threat, which has grown, and help the Afghan government train its security forces to take over the role as protector of the people of that nation.

Casey's visit to Fort Huachuca Wednesday was his first.

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