278th unit training for deployment

278th unit training for deployment

July 14th, 2009 by Staff Report in News

The Tennessee National Guard's largest unit, the Knoxville-based 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, is training for deployment later this year.

Soldiers in the 278th participated in a full rehearsal of satellite communications training from July 6 to 12 at the Guard's Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna, Tenn., according to a news release from Guard spokesman Nate Crawford.

It's not yet clear whether communications will be the specific focus of the unit's upcoming deployment, however, Mr. Crawford said.

"Tennessee National Guard officials are working with the Department of Defense on the specific mission, number of soldiers, deployment date and deployment location, which will be announced at a later date," his release stated.

The 278th is composed of more than 3,000 soldiers from across the state, including the Chattanooga area. It last deployed in June 2004 to train Iraqi security forces and assist with provincial elections and the national constitution referendum.

The regiment is expected to mobilize through Camp Shelby, Miss., for an unspecified time before deploying to its final location, according to Mr. Crawford.