Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Daniels visits Indiana soldiers in Middle East

From the NWI Times:

Gov. Mitch Daniels concluded a two-day tour of Iraq on Tuesday after visiting with Hoosier soldiers there and learning about missions in which they are taking part.

Daniels arrived in Iraq on Monday and spent the day in briefings with officials as well as Hoosier troops from across the state.

"There's no part of this assignment as governor that I take more seriously than the work of the Indiana National Guard," Daniels told members of the 76th Infantry Brigade early Tuesday. "I'm here as a surrogate for 6 million people who would tell you if they had the chance how much they appreciate you."

Indiana currently has the largest deployment of National Guard members in the Middle East. There are 4,133 Indiana National Guard members serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. About 3,400 of them are members of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which deployed in March.

It marked the largest single deployment of Indiana National Guard troops since World War II.

Daniels told reporters during a teleconference from Kuwait later Tuesday that he put in for the trip, which was organized by the Department of Defense, before the 76th was deployed. Daniels and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons traveled together.

"Knowing we were going to have so many folks out there, I just felt it was going to be important to come out, bring words of support, and also check on them, their well-being," Daniels said....

... Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there have been 15,076 deployments of Indiana National Guard soldiers. The number is for deployments, so someone who is on their third tour would be counted three times. Most of the deployments have been overseas.


Daltonsbriefs said...

Doesn't it make you wonder what Daniels and the other governor talked about? Whatya bet politics?

Any idea how many members of the military from NW Indiana there are?

prayeramedic said...

There are about 12,000 soldiers serving in the National Guard in Indiana, and about 5,500 of them are deployed overseas right now (according to my OIC).