Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have deployed from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Kuwait to serve as reinforcements in the Middle East amid rising tensions following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general.

Lt. Col. Mike Burns is a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division.

He told The Associated Press that 3,500 members of the division’s quick-deployment brigade will have deployed within a few days.

The wife of one soldier who recently deployed said that his departure was so abrupt she didn’t have the chance to say goodbye in person or by phone.