45th begins deployment

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

Members of the 45th Infantry Brigade are on their way to Iraq. Over 2,500 Oklahoma National Guardsmen and women began leaving from El Paso, Texas on Tuesday.

Deployment will continue on for the next two weeks. Soldiers will first go to Kuwait for 2 to 3 weeks for final preparations before being sent into Iraq.

National Guard officials say this will be the largest mobilization of the 45th Infantry since the Korean War.

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SPRINGER, Okla. -- Members of the Oklahoma National Guard are officially being deployed to Iraq after several months of training. Teddy Safo caught up with a local woman who's son who set to be deployed.

Dana McDaniel’s son Cody Pinkerton is part of the 1245th.

"The holidays were wonderful. I had all three of my kids at home."

We were there when Pinkerton came home from training for the holidays. Now Pinkerton and 2,600 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade are going to Iraq.

"He promised he wouldn’t get on the plane without calling home. We talk to him at least once a day," Dana says.

"We just talk about the stuff going on here and horses and going to school…just stuff except talking about leaving," sister Ashley McDaniel says.

McDaniel says she’s been keep herself occupied to keep her mind off from the anxiety of knowing her son Cody could be leaving for Kuwait at any moment where the solider will spend about 3 weeks training before going into Iraq.

"You take a country boy out of Springer, Oklahoma and put him over in the middle of a war…just the training and preparation is just massive."

Military officials say this is the largest mobilization of the 45th Infantry since the Korean War, and Pinkerton being part of that mobilization makes Mom proud.

"I am a very proud mother very proud of my son for job he is doing. Sometimes I hold my head high, sometimes I cry my eyes out."

"It’s made him grow up a lot, and I’m just proud of him for going over there."


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  • by retired military wife Location: AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    To the Soldiers: May the Lord keep you in his arms and bring you each home safely! And, to each family, hold your head high, my friend! And the Lord will bless you! I will continue to pray for our military and their families! God Bless America and our men and women who fight to keep us free!!!!
  • by Aubrey Emerson Location: Lone Grove on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    I am soo proud of all of you!!! God Bless you all and we will always be thinking and praying for you! My Fiance and Sister are in the 1245th and I will miss them soo much!! Please hurry Home!!!
  • by me Location: Sherman on Jan 24, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone single one of these men and women and I wish them a safe return. My brother is leaving January 29th and I am very proud of him, but at the same time, very scared. My heart truly goes out to all these men and women and especially their families, just be strong and proud that you raised such wonderful human beings......thats what I tell my own mother. I will pray for you all, everyday!
  • by Susie Location: Kingston on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    Many prayers for your quick and safe return! May God Bless you and your families that you are leaving behind!
  • by Brenda Location: Kingston on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    God Bless them and their families. Lord please keep your hands around them.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Jan 23, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    I just want to say to the soldiers and their families, " Thank you for your sacrifices and god bless you." May you return to us quickly and safely...
  • by Christi Location: Madill on Jan 23, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    May you be kept safe from harm. I as an American Citizen thank each and everyone of you and will be praying for your safe return.
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