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Sat March 25, 2006
Second WY Army National Guard Unit Heads to Iraq
Cheyenne, WY – A second Wyoming Army National Guard unit
is headed to Iraq. The Military Department says that 169 soldiers with the Rock Springs-based 1041st Engineer Company will report in July for pre-deployment training. They will then head overseas.
With the second deployment, at least one of every five Wyoming Army Guard soldiers is expected to be deployed overseas by the end of the year.
Brigadier General Olin Oedekoven heads the Wyoming Army National Guard. He says he doesn't affect the large number of deployments to affect the Wyoming Guard's mission much.
He points out that previous deployments took up to 35 percent of the state's Guard members.
One hundred, 54 members of Gillette's two-300th Field Artillery
have been training in Fort Lewis, Washington, since the end of December. They are scheduled to leave at the end of the month for a one-year stint in Iraq.