Okies goin’ global.
Five Oklahoma Army National Guard units have been told to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. The deployment affects 448 soldiers.
Most of the troops notified this week are expected to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“These notifications aren’t really a surprise to those serving in the Oklahoma National Guard,” said Lt. Col. Max Moss, National Guard spokesman. “No one knows better than a guardsman or a guard family that deployments are a reality. The notification marks the beginning of training and equipping phases that will ensure our men and women are prepared to accomplish their mission, wherever that might be.”
There are about 3,200 soldiers from Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team preparing to deploy to Afghanistan this later spring. They are training in Fort Polk, La., and at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
The 1220th Engineer Company, based in Muskogee and consisting of 164 soldiers, may deploy to Afghanistan in the spring of 2013. About 40 troops from the 1120th Engineer Team from Muskogee have been directed to prepare for deployment to Kuwait in early 2013.
About 62 soldiers from Detachment 1, Company C, in Lexington may deploy to Iraq in 2012 in support of Operation New Dawn. Also, eight soldiers from Oklahoma City’s Detachment 46 Operational Support Airlift were advised they may head to the Horn of Africa next summer.