Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cookeville Soldiers Now On Duty In Iraq

The 278th Armored Cavalry regiment, which includes a number of National Guard soldiers from the Cookeville area, has now taken over its mission in Iraq. That word today from public affairs officer Major Alan Mingledorff. One of their jobs will be to escort convoys around the country. The unit they're replacing completed over 5,800 convoy-escort missions and drove more than 500,000 miles during their deployment. That brigade's Soldiers encountered 79 improvised explosive devices and 72 direct-fire incidents while sustaining minimal damage and no major injuries or loss of life.