After a briefing about insurance and family assistance Saturday morning, family members and guardsmen of the Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard gather for a meal at the Brazil Armory. About 25 guardsmen from Company B will leave the Wabash Valley in less than two weeks to train at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., before their deployment to Iraq.
Guardsmen of Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard in Brazil will be deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq.
Service members and their families gathered at the Brazil Armory Saturday to learn about insurance and family assistance options while their spouse, parent or child is on their tour.
The briefing also helped guardsmen understand that their families will be taken care of while they are on active duty.
The service members have either never been deployed before or volunteered to go, said Staff Sgt. Neil Stough.
In less than two weeks, approximately 30 guardsmen from other parts of Indiana will come to the Brazil Armory. Company B will join the others in preparation to leave for Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., for a 60-day training venture for their yearlong tour of duty in Iraq.
At Camp Shelby, the 1687th Truck Company will train the guardsmen to drive large trucks.
After completing their training, members of the 1687th Company and Company B will go on to Iraq.
The trucks could carry supplies or perform other military tasks. But at this point, it is uncertain what the service members will do while in Iraq according to Stough and State Mobilization Officer Lt. Col. Tim Thombleson.
Members of the public interested in sending care packages, letters or e-mails to the guardsmen in Iraq, should contact members of the Indiana National Guard at the Brazil Armory by calling 443-4911 for information.
Some ceremonies and activities are being planned for the departure of the guardsmen, but have not been finalized.