November 5, 2010
More than 800 members of the Virginia Army National Guard are being mobilized for duty in Iraq next year.
Adjutant Gen. Major Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr. announced the mobilization Friday in a news release.
Most of the units being mobilized are part of the Staunton-based 116th Brigade Combat Team. Twenty soldiers are members of the Bowling Green-based Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops.
Their tour will begin June 1, 2011. They will undergo mobilization training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, before deploying to Iraq.
While in Iraq, most of the soldiers will conduct convoy security and base defense operations. The 116th Brigade Special Troops members will provide unmanned aerial reconnaissance and surveillance support.