155th Alerted for 2009 Deployment - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 12/03/07

155th Alerted for 2009 Deployment

The Department of Defense is calling on some Army National Guard Units for deployment in 2009. The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Brigade Combat Team is among the 8,000 personnel on alert.

Also included are National Guard units from Oregon and Wisconsin.

In January of 2006 the 155th returned from a year of service in Iraq.

The announcement comes a year and a half ahead of time to allow families and employers to prepare.

"This is supposed to be a security forces mission," said Mississippi Adjutant General Harold Cross. "(It's) not a full-spectrum mission but a security forces mission (that) would primarily secure the routes of convoys and secure the bases and make sure they're in a security role to protect our troops and assets in Iraq."

Deployment is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2009.

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