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American Forces Press Service

Five Guard Brigades Alerted for 2009 Deployments

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2007 – Defense officials announced today the deployment of five National Guard brigade combat teams to begin in summer 2009.

These units will replace units that have not yet deployed. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters the units are being identified well in advance to give maximum time possible for mission-specific training.

“It’s a tribute to the military planners who are trying to provide -- particularly for our National Guard brigades -- the type of timely notification so they can be prepared for the specific missions, but also to give the predictability for their families and employers,” Whitman said.

The soldiers will be mobilized for 12 months.

The Defense Department alerted the 53rd and 48th brigade combat teams, roughly 7,000 soldiers, to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. “The 48th Infantry Brigade is from Georgia, and its mission will be to train the Afghan national security forces,” Whitman said. “The 53rd, out of Florida, will assume battlespace in Afghanistan and conduct the full spectrum of operations.”

The 32nd BCT from the Wisconsin Guard, the 41st BCT of the Oregon Guard and the 155th BCT from the Mississippi Guard have been alerted for deployment to Iraq in summer 2009.

The roughly 8,000 soldiers will take over the security force mission “and will ensure freedom of movement and continuity of operations within the country,” Whitman said. The units will be responsible for base defense and route security within Kuwait and Iraq.

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