3,500 paratroopers from 1st Brigade Combat Team left Fort Bragg to deploy to Kuwait throughout the first week of January. They were not permitted to bring any cellphones, laptops, tablets or anything else that qualified as a personal electronic device. Lt. Col. Mike Burns commented on how the decision was made for the safety of the soldiers and the mission. The decision helps prevent sensitive information from being shared on unsecured channels, and it minimizes the opportunities that Iran could have to launch a cyber-attack.
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