OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 3,500-soldier Oklahoma National Guard has been told to prepare for a possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.
The 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received a "notification of sourcing" from the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. One of the six battalions under the command of the 45th is the 1-180th based out of Durant.
Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Oklahoma's adjutant general, says the notification does not necessarily mean the brigade will deploy, but is a strong indicator it may be called upon.
Guard officials say a final decision likely will come in the spring or summer.
The combat team was mobilized in 2007 for a one-year deployment to Iraq. At the time, it was the largest deployment of state guard members since the Korean War.
-The Associated Press