Roughly 5,600 active-duty troops have deployed to California, Arizona, and Texas, said NORTHCOM spokesman William Lewis. Of those, 1,265 are in California, 1,502 are in Arizona, and 2,844 are in Texas.
Another 1,100 Marines from Camp Pendleton have been notified that they will likely become part of the mission, Lewis said. They had lot left Pendleton as of Wednesday afternoon.
Those active-duty troops with spouses and children are deployed for more than a month are eligible to receive a family separation allowance of $250 per month, said Army Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.
But troops deploying to the U.S./Mexico border will not receive imminent danger pay or hostile fire pay, Manning said on Tuesday.
“Imminent danger pay is paid to members on duty in foreign areas, designated as such because of wartime conditions, civil war, civil insurrection, or terrorism,” Manning said. “Our military will not receive combat pay or hostile fire pay as they are not deploying to a combat area, nor are they expected to be subject to hostile fire.”
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently made clear that the active-duty troops on the southwestern border are strictly providing transportation as well as logistical and medical support to civil authorities.
“There is no plan for U.S. military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States,” Dunford said on Monday at Duke University. “There is no plan for soldiers to come in to contact with immigrants or to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission. We are providing enabling capabilities.”
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are disagreeing with President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Lindsey Graham essentially laid the deaths of the unknown number of U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday at the feet of President Donald Trump during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Bloomberg News reports.