Okla. Guard unit told of possible 2011 deployment

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

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


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