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Washington National Guard on notice for deployments

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 16, 2011 at 10:26 am with 6 Comments »
May 16, 2011 3:36 pm

About 3,000 soldiers in the Washington National Guard are available for deployments overseas, the Army announced today.

The 81st Brigade Combat Team and 506th Military Police Company received notices of sourcing from the Pentagon, meaning they could be tapped for an upcoming deployment.

The units have not received formal mobilization orders.

“We will continue to ensure our families are cared for, our civilian employers are informed and our soldiers are proficient in their warrior tasks,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, the adjutant general of the Washington National Guard.

The 81st Brigade Combat Team has participated in two large deployments to Iraq, one in 2004-05, and another 2008-09.


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  1. alindasue says:

    I always thought the National Guard were supposed to be the ones who took care of things here on the homefront. Now they are just Reserves troop by a different name…

    Here’s hoping their deployments are short and uneventful. Come back safe.

  2. UnbiasedReporter says:

    Probably be deployed in 2012. Isn’t it convenient for a certain political party that they are deployed during an election year again. Things that make one go HMMMMM

  3. fbergford says:

    The freaks come out at night…the freaks come out at night! alindasue, the National Guard has always been part of the reserves. They were the minutemen that fired the first shots on the brits to start the Revolutionary War. The only difference between the Guard and the Reserves is that when you call the Guard up to active duty you have to bring the whole brigade up. The reserves do not have any combat arms MOS’s…they are all just support units. PolarBear53…you just can’t get up and leave a country when they have no infrastructure and it just doesn’t make any sense to do that. We spent millions of dollars, a few thousand lives to try and turn these countries around, and that wouldn’t be responsible for us as a nation to leave. We started it and it is our responsibility for us to finish it and see it through to the end. I’m sorry that you guys don’t like it but you aren’t bearing any of the burden! 310 million people living in the US and only 2.3 million are serving in the military (and that’s counting the reserves and national guard). That’s not even 1% of the population…you have less than 1% of the population bringing the fight, protecting YOU while you sit on here and post things on the TNT thankful that some stranger that you don’t even know is willing to sacrafice his or her life so you can sit here in your safe little bubble! QUit posting things on here…

  4. youngpatriot says:


    I used to be pretty quick to respond to comments like you just did. Then I took a deep breath and realized that folks like alindasue were genuinely interested in the safety of the soldiers. While they may be somewhat confused as to the roles played by the Guard, they are certainly entitled to voice their opinions. Those are rights that our military has sworn to defend, whether you find yourself in agreement or not.

    God Bless the 81st and all the Ready First families who will sacrifice once again at the request of this great nation.

    Washington Rifles!

    SFC Tom Gray’
    Multiple Deployments
    US Army Retired

  5. I suggest each Gaurd member call his/her Congressman/Senator and recommnend to them that we leave our three wars of choice ASAP

  6. Then have your wife, parents, girl friend, friends in general call as well.

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