Sunday, May 29, 2011

More than 800 Virginia National Guard members to deploy to Iraq

Washington Post

RICHMOND, Va. — More than 800 members of the Virginia National Guard are being deployed to Iraq for more than a year.

Units based in Hampton Roads, Fredericksburg and Christiansburg will begin federal active duty June 1.

They’ll train for 45 to 60 days at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before heading to Iraq.
The units are part of the 116th Brigade Combat Team. While in Iraq, the National Guard says the soldiers will conduct convoy security and base defense operations.

A consolidated departure ceremony for the soldiers is to be held Thursday evening in Richmond.
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