From the Associated Press today:
Some 13,000 National Guard troops are receiving notice to prepare for possible deployment to Iraq, making it the second tour for several thousand of them.Well, at least the Department of Defense provides their alert orders well in advance. The nation's fifth military service has a habit of waiting until the day before personnel are needed.
The orders had been anticipated, but the specific units were not announced until Monday. They are the Army National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Little Rock; 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma City; the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indianapolis; and the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Columbus, Ohio.
The units would serve as replacement forces in the regular troop rotation for the war, and would not be connected to the recent military buildup for security operations in Baghdad, the Pentagon said.
Noted an Army spokesperson:These outstanding citizen soldiers, their family members and employers continue to make great sacrifices for the good of our country and they appreciate and acknowledge the continued support of the American people.
& let us pray their sacrifices are not wasted or in vain.