Seven members of the Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard Unit stationed here in Brazil National Guard will be leaving for Iraq today.
Although "un-voluntarily" transferred to another company for deployment, First Sergeant Neil Stough told The Brazil Times the men and women were ready to go, as with the whole unit, were ready to go within a moment's notice.
"The soldiers understand what the responsibility of this job means," Stough said. "When called upon, they put on their uniforms and went."
Due to security reasons and to protect the families of deployed servicemen, the names of the service personal or specific details of their deployment will not be released.
Stough said the transfer is a normal routine when companies are called up for active duty.
"We are a motorized transportation unit, and these soldiers were truck drivers. When units are notified of deployment they have to fill specific vacant positions," Stough said. "These soldiers have been training for five-six months with the company and they're going to be with them for at least a year."
Not all of the soldiers' deployment could be spent in Iraq, Stough said, because they will continue to train stateside before leaving the country.
Known as the "Road Warriors," the unit logged more than a half-a-million miles during their last deployment to Iraq Oct. 8, 2006, and when they returned to the states on Sept. 25, 2007.
The local unit, which could potentially be called to active duty again in the near future, is also training.
"We have to be ready when ever we are needed," Stough said. "Whether we are needed at the state level, like during the flooding, or at the federal level, for the war on terror, we have to be ready."