81st Heavy Brigade going back to Iraq - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

81st Heavy Brigade going back to Iraq

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - The Washington National Guard says the 3,800-member 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team has been ordered to go back to Iraq in mid-August.

Master Sgt. David Largent at Camp Murray says there is no specific date for the brigade's departure yet.

The 81st received an alert order in October 2007 and has been preparing to be deployed. It previously served in Iraq from March 2004 to March 2005.

The WNG this month installed Col. Ronald M. Kapral to lead the 81st back to Iraq. He succeeds Col. Michael P. McCaffree, who was the brigade's deputy commander in Iraq and took charge when it came home in April 2005.

The 81st is composed of about 2,900 citizen soldiers from Washington state and 900 soldiers from the California Army National Guard.

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