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11/10/04

48th Infantry Brigade Guardsmen to Deploy to Iraq

They're our neighbors, and thousands of them are heading overseas to fight in the war on terror. Guardsmen from Georgia's 48th Infantry Brigade learned this week they're leaving. More than 4,000 members of the brigade known as the "Old Gray Bonnet" are heading to Iraq for a year.

The troops, most of them from Georgia, will train at Fort Stewart next month, go home for Christmas, and return to Stewart before heading to the Mojave Desert for more training.

This afternoon, the commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade, Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, says they have not been given a specific mission yet, and he is still not sure what part of Iraq the Guardsmen will be in, but he is honored that his brigade was chosen for this mission.

"These soldiers are going to do a tremendous job for their nation, but when they come home we want to make sure they're okay in their civilian careers," he said.

Twelve hundred members of the 48th Infantry Brigade will report to duty in December, and after the first of the year, another 2,300 are expected to be called up. They should all be in Iraq by next June.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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