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Originally Posted by 82redleg View Post
Another piece of mis-information.

Elements of at least 5 infantry battalions from the ARNG (1-179 IN, 45th Brigade OK ARNG; 1-162 IN, 41st Brigade OR ARNG; and 1-124, 2-124 and 2-124 IN, 53d Brigade FL ARNG) deployed to OIF 1.
At least 81st Armor Brigade, WA ARNG, deployed to OIF 2- they relieved by brigade from the 82nd ABN.
An ARNG division HQs (42nd ID) was deployed with 6 ARNG brigades (256th Brigade LA ARNG, 116th Brigade VA ARNG, 278th ACR TN ARNG, 29th Brigade HI ARNG, 56th Brigade TX ARNG, and 155th Brigade MS ARNG) deployed to OIF 3.
48th Brigade GA ARNG and 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (PA ARNG) deployed to OIF 4.
My brigade relieved 1st BCT, 34th Infantry Division (MN ARNG) in Iraq in 2007- they'd replaced the 48th.
There are more- that is what I pulled up quickly.
You are misreading my post. I never implied that Guard formations never served in Iraq. I was trying to say they never served in the initial invasion of Iraq. There were not as many formations available to send for an invasion as in Desert Storm. The list of inactivated divisions and brigades is long. Since you are web searching my posts I will let you find which ones.

I was in Louisiana during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I am well aware that the 256th INFBDE was excused Hurricane duty because they were just back from Iraq. In point of fact, the Brigade served more than one tour in Iraq. After the last tour it was announced that the brigade would convert from a Mechanized Brigade to a Combat Support Brigade. After I wrote my Senators and Congressman to advise them that this was not a good deal, the Brigade was "saved" by conversion to an Infantry Brigade. I am not claiming responsibility/credit per se, but they knew me from many e-mails and letters over the years on defense/Guard matters. You won't find that in a web search. Besides, we have had change over since then and Charles Boustany is the only one still there. As a Leg Brigade, the 256th INFBDE no longer has the large number of trucks and vehicles it once had. A local contractor working on the interstate 210 in Lake Charles was using one he had bought still in its Guard Camo and unit markers.

Many of the posts in this forum have errors in them. Like your post quoted above which listed the 2/124 INF of the 53rd Brigade FLANG twice. I never once searched for my posts in this thread. If that offends you, too bad. Relax a little. This is just an internet forum.

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