Iowa, Utah guardsmen headed to Camp Shelby for training

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.