Monday, July 13, 2009

278th Guard Unit To Be Deployed

Major General Gus L. Hargett, Jr., Tennessee’s Adjutant General, today announced that Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, has received mobilization orders effective later this year. Several soldiers in that unit live in the Cookeville area. Tennessee National Guard officials are working with the Department of Defense on the specific mission, number of soldiers, deployment date and deployment location which will be announced at a later date. The Regiment is composed of more than 3,000 soldiers from across the entire state of Tennessee. The 278th last deployed in June 2004 during which the unit trained Iraqi security forces and assisted with provincial elections and the National Constitutional Referendum. The regiment will mobilize through Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for an unspecified period of time before deploying to their final locations.