Members of the Oklahoma National Guard are preparing for possible deployment to Iraq.
On Monday, the Department of Defense announced it has notified National Guard brigades in Oklahoma City, as well as Ohio, Arkansas and Indiana, to prepare for future deployment.
If the order is finalized, about 13,000 troops would begin deploying in December for a maximum of one year. The 45th Infantry Brigade in Oklahoma City is among those who have been alerted and are mobilizing.
The troops would be used as replacement units. A final determination of whether the units will deploy will be based on conditions on the ground in Iraq.