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Louisiana Guard Brigade returning to Iraq

May 19th, 2008 . by TexasFred
NOLA.com - The Defense Department today announced it has alerted Louisiana’s 256th Brigade Combat Team to prepare for a second tour in Iraq.

The brigade, which has about 3,800 soldiers assigned to subordinate units statewide, including nearly 400 in New Orleans, is expected to deploy in spring 2009, according to the Defense Department.

Overall, about 14,000 Guardsmen in four states were alerted for an Iraq deployment. The Defense Department said the units were alerted now to give them time to prepare.

“All four brigades will have a security force mission and be assigned tasks to assure freedom of movement and continuity of operations in the country,” the Defense Department said. “Those tasks will include base defense and route security in Iraq and Kuwait.”

The Louisiana brigade, whose headquarters is in Lafayette, spent a year in Iraq, returning home just after Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005. Twenty-two soldiers in the brigade died in Iraq.

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Louisiana Guard brigade returning to Iraq 

To the 256th BCT, La. Army National Guard, I know you wonderful folks have the will and the guts to get your job done and come home to us once again, you served well in the 1st deployment and you didn’t have any real combat experience then, this time they aren’t getting a ‘cherry’.

God help em.  :twisted:

My Son is a member of the 256 BCT, he didn’t have this information when I called him just now, he’s a Sheriffs Deputy and is off duty today and was taking a nap when I called and woke him up.

Here’s to you, all the guys and gals of the 256th BCT: Honoring my son Trey, the 256th BCT and all members of the armed forces of the USA. Stay safe and serve well. America 1st!

Click the link to read the history of the 256th, it is a great story…


256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized)

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5 Responses to “Louisiana Guard Brigade returning to Iraq”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    God Bless you son and the other men and women in the Guard.

    The Guard gets it from all sides. They’re not only at the beck and call of the President but also of their respective state Governors.
    Trash collectors on strike…call out the Guard
    Prison guards on strike….call out the Guard
    Natural Disaster….call out the Guard
    Riots in the street….call out the Guard
    Buffalo, NY snowed in….call out the Guard
    Forest fires….call out the Guard

    But, no one stops to think of who’s taking care of the Guardsman’s family while they’re taking care of yours.

  2. comment number 2 by: Basti

    Glad I never signed up for the Guard. These call-ups would get old in a hurry.

    Best wishes for Trey. I hope it keep it ‘locked & cocked’!

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  4. comment number 4 by: jo

    AUUGHHH!!!!!! My trackback didn’t work this time.
    Only good thoughts,prayers and warm fuzzies for you,Trey and the rest of your family.

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    Jo, yeah, it worked, you just don’t see trackbacks immediately…