Defense Department Drops “Operation Faithful Patriot” Name from U.S. Military Border Operation

Army soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, string razor wire near the port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border on Nov. 4, 2018, in Donna, Texas.
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The U.S. military mission at the Mexican border will no longer be called “Operation Faithful Patriot,” according to officials.

The formerly named “Operation Faithful Patriot” is a deployment of nearly 5,200 troops, who joined 2,000 troops already stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said in a statement on Wednesday that while the Defense Department was dropping the name, the operation was still named and still ongoing.

Davis said the operation will now be referred to as “border support.”

No reason was given for the change in name or for the timing.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Courtney Kube and Kalhan Rosenblatt