The Defense Department today took the 3,000 soldiers of the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team off of a roster of units being considered for upcoming deployments.
Last May, the Pentagon sent a “notice of sourcing” to the 81st indicating that it could be tapped for a future deployment, one that likely would have sent the soldiers overseas next spring. The Defense Department did not say at the time where that deployment would have taken place.
The brigade deployed twice to Iraq, serving in 2004-05 and in 2008-09.
“The nature of being a citizen-soldier is a posture of perpetual readiness in order to accomplish our state and federal mission. All of our units will continue to train hard and will be prepared to meet whatever comes our way,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, the commander of the Washington National Guard.