256th to return to Iraq
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received orders last weekend that they will be headed back to Iraq in January 2010.
During their previous deployment the brigade, which had approximately 3,800 soldiers on the ground, lost 22 soldiers during combat operations.
The troops returned home in 2005 when many of them were thrust into Katrina recovery efforts.
Approximately 3,000 soldiers will be activated throughout the state. Their assignments may be different than when the troops were there four years ago as President Barack Obama has called for pullout of most U.S. troops, eventually turning over control of the country and its security to Iraqi forces.
The soldiers at the National Guard Armory seemed ready to go when they are called up.
“We will be going back to Iraq in January is about all we know right now, I’m sure things will be different than the last time we were there because President Obama is pulling us out” said Sergeant 1st Class David Hebert at the Crowley National Guard Armory. “We know we will be there for one year, but everybody here is proud to serve and we’re ready to begin training to go back.”