1,500 Idaho guardsmen to be deployed to Iraq

Published 1:51 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More than 2,700 members of the Army National Guard in Idaho, Montana and Oregon are being sent to Iraq in a year-long deployment this fall.

Col. Tim Marsano says the members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team will go to Camp Shelby, Miss. for about two months of training starting Sept. 17, before heading to Iraq for the remaining 10 months of the deployment. About 1,500 of the soldiers are from Idaho; for many, this will be their second deployment to Iraq.

The U.S. Department of Defense notified the Idaho National Guard last fall that as many as 3,500 guardsmen could be deployed to Iraq this year. Marsano said the Pentagon has since decided it does not need that many soldiers from the 116th.

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