More Than 400 Oklahoma Soldiers Prepare For Possible Deployment

Saturday, May 21st 2011, 10:21 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Five more Oklahoma National Guard units are preparing for possible deployments.

According to a news release from the Oklahoma Military Department, 448 soldiers were told this week they may be going to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. The majority of them are from units based in Okmulgee, Okemah and Muskogee.

"These notifications aren't really a surprise to those serving in the Oklahoma National Guard," said Lt. Col. Max Moss, a National Guard spokesman.

"No one knows better than a Guardsmen or a Guard family that deployments are a reality. The notification marks the beginning of training and equipping phases that will ensure our men and women are prepared to accomplish their mission, wherever that might be."

This call-up is in addition to the 3,200 soldiers who are members of the 45th and are already in Louisiana and Mississippi preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan.

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