8-15-04 - 3,000 Texas National Guard soldiers said goodbye to family and friends Sunday in Fort Worth, preparing for an 18 month deployment to Iraq. Among those soldiers, 70 members of the 1-112 Armor Unit, based in Denison.
Today, the soldiers left for training at Fort Hood. Then, they will be assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom, a tour of duty that could last from 18 months to 2 years. The soldiers don’t know precisely what they’ll be doing yet or where they’ll be stationed.
The Guard began preparing for the deployment last month, but many of the 1-112 soldiers actually volunteered. The 70 members hail from towns like Denison, Whitewright and Telephone.
This is the first time Texas National Guard soldiers have been deployed overseas since World War II.