Washington National Guard units told to be ready

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD: About 3,000 soldiers are available for deployments overseas

Staff writerMay 17, 2011 

About 3,000 soldiers in the Washington National Guard are available for deployments overseas, the Army announced Monday.

The 81st Brigade Combat Team and 506th Military Police Company received notices of sourcing from the Pentagon, meaning they could be tapped for an upcoming deployment. The units have not received formal mobilization orders.

“We will continue to ensure our families are cared for, our civilian employers are informed and our soldiers are proficient in their warrior tasks,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, the adjutant general of the Washington National Guard.

The 81st Brigade Combat Team has deployed twice to Iraq, once in 2004-05 and again 2008-09.

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