Roughly 1,400 soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will deploy to Afghanistan sometime this fall, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The unit, known as the “Rakkasans” since World War II, will take part in operations against al Qaida and Taliban fighers and provide advice and training to the Afghan military and police. The unit has served off and on in Afghanistan since combat operations began in 2002.