Chattanooga soldiers leaving for deployment

Chattanooga soldiers leaving for deployment

January 4th, 2011 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

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.