(Published Dec. 3, 2007, 2:53 p.m.)
The Elkhorn unit of the Army National Guard was put on alert last weekend in anticipation for their scheduled deployment in the summer of 2009.
The Department of Defense announced the alert of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Brigade Combat Team to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
According to a Defense Department news release, Wisconsin's 32nd Brigade and similar brigades from two other states "will have a security force mission and be assigned tasks which will assure freedom of movement and continuity of operations in the country." Those tasks are expected to include base defense and route security in Iraq and Kuwait.
The three National Guard brigades are currently scheduled to begin deployment in the summer of 2009.
They are receiving alert orders now in order to provide them the maximum time to complete their preparations. The advance alerts also provide a greater measure of predictability for family members and flexibility for employers to plan for military service of their employees.
The 32nd Brigade's soldiers were notified of the alert over the past weekend when most of them were attending their scheduled weekend drills.
The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team has an authorized strength of about 3,450 soldiers. The brigade has units in 36 Wisconsin communities
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