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08/29/06

130 Soldiers Deploy for Iraq

It's been three years since the 260th Quartermaster Battalion was in Iraq, but now they're being called to duty again. 130 soldiers left Hunter Army Airfield Monday night in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For the past few months, the soldiers trained extensively on antiterrorism tactics. And while leaving behind their families is hard, the soldiers are seeing the bigger picture and are ready to do their jobs.

Lt. Col. Victor Hagan said his unit's morale is high. "The soldiers are excited to get over to Iraq and actually start conducting their mission and utilizing the training they've been going through over the last six to seven months," said Hagan.

For many of the soldiers, this is their second time overseas, but for some, it's their first and they said they're anticipating the challenges. Sgt. 1st Class Chad Long said, "I have all the training and the knowledge I need, but I have no clue what to expect. It could be a number of different things."

"We've done some really good training, so I'm expecting to put that to use," said Sgt. Kennis Tate. "I am expecting some really hot weather and some different living conditions."

The troop's mission will be to provide fuel, water, transportation and supply support to US and coalition Forces. The unit will also partner with and train Iraqi troops.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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