Indianapolis—The Indiana National Guard, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been notified of a possible deployment to Iraq in January 2012.
The unit, headquartered at Tyndall Armory in Indianapolis would fill an advise and assist brigade mission in support of Operation New Dawn, the follow campaign to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Adjutant General received unofficial notification that the 76th Infantry Brigade had been nominated for the mission, however no official alert or mobilization order has been given.
According to a news release from the Indiana National Guard, the unit's specific mission would be to mobilize under its current force structure with the addition of a Strategic Training Team to augment the advise and assist mission. The 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been and will continue training for this potential mobilization. The unit will focus on those critical tasks necessary to insure the Soldiers and their leaders are individually and collectively postured for mission success during their deployment.
Currently more than 15,000 soldiers and airmen are currently assigned to the Indiana National Guard. The 76th Brigade Combat Team is one of the National Guard's major commands. If deployed, the National Guard said this mission would affect 3,000 soldiers throughout the state.
"The Indiana National Guard will continue to support both of our missions, at home and abroad", said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.
"I am proud of every Soldier, Airmen and family in the Indiana National Guard and grateful for the extraordinary and enduring support of their families and employers. The 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has repeatedly demonstrated their professionalism and dedication and will do so again if called upon."
The 76th Infantry Brigade was recently deployed to Iraq in 2008.