Mike Francis at The Oregonian reports today that the Defense Departmant put the Oregon National Guard on notice that it could deploy to Afghanistan in 2014.
The notification of sourcing impacts some 1,800 Oregon citizen soldiers in the 41st Brigade Combat Team. These soldiers could be turning the lights out at NATO bases if Western forces follow through on plans to drawn down their combat units by 2014.
Francis reports that one battalion in the Oregon National Guard played a similar role in Iraq two years ago, deploying as the Pentagon scaled town the mission of American units there.
Capt. Stephen Bomar characterized the order as one for a “security mission” that could be canceled or changed prior to the deployment.
Last year, the Pentagon placed the 3,000 soldiers in the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team on notice for a planned deployment. In February, the Defense Department rescinded that order.