The Department of Defense announced today the alert of four major National Guard units that are scheduled to deploy to Iraq to take part in combat operations.
The deployments will involve around 14,000 personnel who will begin to deploy in the spring of 2009.
The announcement affects four brigades from the Army National Guard:
- 72nd Brigade Combat Team, Texas National Guard
- 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard
- 256th Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana National Guard
- 278th Brigade Combat Team, Tennessee National Guard
They are receiving alert orders now so that they are able to prepare their familes for their absence and so that their employers can plan for their military service.