The Department of the Army confirmed today the Department of Defense announcement alerting four Army National Guard Brigade Combat Teams for rotations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first Brigade Combat Team would deploy in December 2007 and the remaining in 2008. These alerts are not associated with the current plus-up of forces and are a part of routine unit replacements.

More than 12,000 Army National Guard Soldiers are being notified by the Army to prepare for deployment to Iraq. These units are being informed in advance to provide them the opportunity to plan; conduct world-class training; and to provide some degree of predictability for the Citizen-Soldiers, their families and their respective employers.

The four Brigade Combat Team s include: 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas Army National Guard; 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Oklahoma Army National Guard; 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio Army National Guard; and the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indiana Army National Guard.

No stranger to combat, the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team last deployed as part of the 1st Cavalry Division from February 2004 to February 2005. The "Arkansas Brigade" served both in the Baghdad Green Zone and in Taji, Iraq.

The 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team most recently served in Operation Enduring Freedom deploying in the fall of 2003 to support the Afghan National Army. The "Thunderbirds" returned to Oklahoma after 12 months in Afghanistan.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team last deployed to support operations in Kosovo as part of the United Nations Kosovo Force mission from August 2004 to February, 2005. Through the Army transformation process, the "Dragon Brigade" is now comprised of Citizen-Soldiers from Ohio and Michigan and will deploy for the first time as a modular brigade combat team formation.

Indiana's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has had various elements of their brigade deployed since November 2002 to both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The last brigade-level rotation for the "Nighthawk Brigade," however, was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from May, 2004 to August, 2005.

As per Department of Defense policy, each of these units will be mobilized for a period not to exceed 12 months.

The case-by-case selection of Army National Guard forces honors worldwide commitments and provides combatant commanders the forces they need to maintain the current momentum in support of operations in Iraq.

The National Guard has responded to every call for forces, already having mobilized more than 250,000 Soldiers. Each time the National Guard has been called upon to deploy more forces, they have responded with proven and capable warriors. These outstanding Citizen-Soldiers, their family members and employers continue to make great sacrifices for the good of our country and they appreciate and acknowledge the continued support of the American People.

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Media questions specific to the units being alerted should be referred to their unit public affair's officers. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Carl S. Ey at (703) 614-2487.

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