No surprises. The mobilization follows the alert order the brigade got last October. The 81st will go on active-duty in mid-August, do its pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy, Wis., and then head to Kuwait and on into Iraq.
The DoD’s current policy for mobilization of National Guard and reserve units will have them on no more than 12 months active duty, from the time they’re mobilized to the time they come home and are released back to civilian life.
Guard officials say they can’t be specific about the brigade’s mission but in general it will be as previously announced: route and base security, and base operations. They’ll take all their individual equipment, and fall in on vehicles in Iraq, the Guard said.
The brigade includes about 2,900 Washington Guardsmen and another 900 or so from California.
Its first deployment was from March 2004 to March 2005.