National Guard's 155th continuing preparations for Mideast deployment

National Guard's 155th continuing preparations for Mideast deployment
Soldiers in Mississippi's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team are training at Ft. Bliss, Texas for overseas deployment. Source: Miss. National Guard.

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - About 4,000 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are continuing to train in Texas, in preparation for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East.

The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team has been at Ft. Bliss, Texas, since early March, taking part in a 90-day field exercise to prepare the unit for its nine-month deployment.

Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, Mississippi's adjutant general, said the training is going well.

"The esprit de corps is great," said Boyles. "An example of the esprit de corps, how good it is, is that we've got four thousand kids out there, (and) we've got four in the hospital. So, take me to any community in Mississippi, four thousand people in the community, four people in the hospital. So, that's an indicator that they want to be in the field, they want to be doing that hard training, so they're prepared to go overseas when they deploy."

Boyles will visit the brigade next week.

He was at Camp Shelby Thursday, to speak at the National Guard's annual Retiree Day.