About 240 more Iowa soldiers are headed
to Iraq, Iowa National Guard officials announced Friday.
Two Iowa National Guard units from Denison and Johnston are
scheduled to be mobilized next month to spend between one and two
years overseas. The units include Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th
Infantry, based in Denison; and Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th
Cavalry, based in Johnston.
Soldiers from Company D - which served in Afghanistan from
February 2004 to June 2005 - will be tasked with combat and
security. The other unit - which served in Kosovo from September
2003 to September 2004 - will conduct reconnaissance and
surveillance missions, military officials said.
The soldiers will be trained at Camp Shelby before
heading to Iraq.
Meanwhile, about 180 Utah National Guard soldiers left Friday on
the first leg of their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi
The soldiers are with the 116th Convoy Security Co. also will
undergo training at Camp Shelby before heading overseas to provide
convoy security for coalition forces.