Soldiers part of historic deployment train in Indiana before mission in Iraq

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by WHAS11 News

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 5 at 6:42 PM

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (WHAS11)-  It is a historic deployment for the Kentucky National Guard, because 1,300 soldiers will deploy to Iraq.  That is the largest number since World War II.

The soldiers are currently training for their mission in Camp Atterbury, Ind.

WHAS11 first introduced you to soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard in June.

The 149th Enhancement Brigade received orders to leave their civilian jobs and head to Iraq for at least a year.  The 1,300 soldiers packed up and left Louisville and made a stop in Indiana before their deployment.
   
WHAS11 went to meet the soldiers at Camp Atterbury, where the solders from the 149th have spent the last month training for what could happen in Iraq.

They will be part of operation named New Dawn.  The soldiers are part of a security force mission.

The soldiers practice vehicle inspections, looking for bombs and weapons. They train in their protective vests and helmets trying to prepare for the 110 degree weather in Iraq.

For Staff Sgt. Steven Perry, leaving his two little girls in Louisville will be the hardest mission of all. He carries pictures of his girls in his wallet.

The soldiers will deploy to Iraq within the month.
 

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