Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Army National Guard truck platoon mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom
WHO: Heavy Equipment Transport Platoon, 2123rd Transportation Company (70 soldiers)
WHAT: Departure ceremony
WHEN: 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, August 1, 2006
WHERE: Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Coliseum, Richmond, Ky.
FRANKFORT, KY – A departure ceremony in honor of the Heavy Equipment Transport Platoon, 2123rd Transportation Company will take place at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, August 1 at the Eastern Kentucky University Coliseum in Richmond. The public is invited to attend.
In the two days following the ceremony the Kentucky Army National Guard soldiers will depart for their mobilization station at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where they will join soldiers from the Mississippi Army National Guard for several weeks of training prior to deploying overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon their arrival in Iraq, the combined unit will use their heavy tractor trailer rigs to transport equipment and supplies for the US Army. While this is the second mobilization for this platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom -- the first taking place from December, 2003 to February, 2005 -- it is the first deployment for many of these soldiers.
MEDIA ACCESS: Soldiers from the Heavy Equipment Transport Platoon, 2123rd Transportation Company will be available for interviews on Monday at the Richmond Armory at 1812 Irvine Road (Hwy 52).
Journalists are encouraged to arrive early at Tuesday’s event in order to line up interviews with soldiers and their families.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
1. FOR ACCURACY, THE PROPER NAMES OF THE AFFECTED UNITS ARE INDICATED ABOVE IN BOLD PRINT AND UNDERLINED.
2.. The term "weekend warrior" is considered archaic and inappropriate when describing the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard. Proper terminology (per the Associated Press Stylebook) includes: "National Guard," "Air National Guard," "Army National Guard," "Kentucky National Guard," the "Guard," "National Guard troops," "National Guardsman," or when alone, "guardsman." Also accurate are "soldier" and "troops."