More than 300 soldiers of a Chattanooga-based Guard unit will leave Saturday for a deployment to Iraq.
The soldiers are with the 230th Sustainment Brigade of the Tennessee Army National Guard, according to a Guard release. They will travel from Chattanooga to Fort Bliss, Texas for final training before their deployment.
The unit¹s mission is to close or transfer bases to Iraqi Army personnel in the southern half of Iraq as part of the wider drawdown and troop withdrawal that began in August 2010.
Farewell ceremonies for the soldiers will be held at the Chattanooga National Guard Armory on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...